Prune Hibiscus Now to Spark New Growth

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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:

  1. Prune dead, diseased or damaged wood back to where it’s green.
  2. Look at the plant from all sides. Cut back branches that look awkward or interfere with the pleasing shape.
  3. Cuts should be made 1/4” above the leaf buds at a 45 degree angle, leaving at least 2-3 buds for new growth.
  4. If the plant is too big, cut only 1/3 of the branches at one time.
  5. After pruning, a light feeding with a fertilizer made specifically for flowers will help kick-start blooms.

Tip:

If extensive pruning is needed, wait until early spring. No pruning should be done during late fall or winter.

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