When is the best time to prune roses (Knock outs) & beautyberry bushes

I live on the upper Eastern Shore of MD and I have four Knock out roses ( one is HUGE and is only one year older than the other three which don't get asmuch sun as the big one. The beautyberry bush is about four years old. How far down do you cut, also? Thanks
q when is the best time to prune roses knock outs beautyberry bushes
Three rose bushes in foreground ( third barely visible in front left corner) and beautyberry bush is to the right of the wood cart.
q when is the best time to prune roses knock outs beautyberry bushes
large rosebush is dirctly in middle of photo ( between background of evergreens and a large azalea in the foreground under first shutters) Thank you!!
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  • Nancy Buckman Nancy Buckman on Dec 16, 2017
    Beauty berry i would prune now. Roses if too large & in your way can be partially cut back now and mulch with some dead leaves for winter protection. In late winter/early spring is when ur main trim before new growth is to bed done. Cut any winter damage off and trim to a bit smaller than the size u want them with the last bud facing outwards.
    A rule of thumb of when to cut other shrubs: Spring blooming shrubs prune before july 1st. That's when they will start to develop next year's buds.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 16, 2017
    Beauty berry and knock out roses should be prune in the spring just before the new growth emerges.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 16, 2017
    We do not prune until very late winter or very early spring just before they begin to leaf.

  • Laura washington Laura washington on Dec 16, 2017
    suggested by friends of mine is to prune rose bushes valentine's day. this is mostly based on time of year than holiday. always clip spent blooms.

  • Robin Robin on Dec 16, 2017
    I have 4 knot out roses and I used prune them every fall and spring, but now the are more like tree's so it's every 3 months. But remember I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Bhavna tyagi Bhavna tyagi on Dec 18, 2017
    I learnt about roses in UK, the home of the Rose

    prune out any ingrowing branches
    remove weak and woody growth
    remove weaker branch where there are cross or rubbing branches
    your bush should be such that a bird can fly through it!

    As to when to prune
    ”prune your roses when forsythia blooms”

  • Bhavna tyagi Bhavna tyagi on Dec 18, 2017
    Prune again as summer heat dies down for a second flush of flowers