With their big, bright flowers and glossy foliage, hibiscus are a garden favorite. A little pruning now sparks new growth and a fresh round of blooms. Don’t take off more than 1/3 of the branches at one time as this may damage the hibiscus.
Pruning a Hibiscus:
- Prune dead, diseased or damaged wood back to where it’s green.
- Look at the plant from all sides. Cut back branches that look awkward or interfere with the pleasing shape.
- Cuts should be made 1/4” above the leaf buds at a 45 degree angle, leaving at least 2-3 buds for new growth.
- If the plant is too big, cut only 1/3 of the branches at one time.
- After pruning, a light feeding with a fertilizer made specifically for flowers will help kick-start blooms.
If extensive pruning is needed, wait until early spring. No pruning should be done during late fall or winter.