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Topic: Flowers & Ornamental Plants
Posted by Linda McMichael from GA on 2001-04-01 22:25:11
pruning hibiscusYou don't need to prune them back so severely. Leave them be or prune at most 1/3 from them - 1/4 during the first few years.
Posted by Jerry Digman from 5b on 2001-04-02 15:46:07
They still may be vital. Scratch the bark off with your fingernail. If you see bright green, they're still alive. If not, they've moved on.
It's a misconception that plants NEED to be pruned. At most prune only 1/3 in any growing season, and then only to keep within a long-term size. Always remove dead or diseased branches or those interfering with growth (rubbing, etc.)
Quoting Linda McMichael: ------------
-I had two beautiful bushy ever-flowering hibiscus plants I put in the ground late last spring. They were extremely hardy and bloomed up to December here in Atlanta, GA. My neighbor told me, upon their losing all their leaves and flowers in winter to cut them down to about 2", which I did. Needless to say, they are dead. I am heartbroken. I wish to plant new ones in their place since they grew so well. When do I plant them (it's now April) and what do I do with them when they enter winter. Obviously, now what I have done. Thanks.