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What is the best time of year to trim a hibiscus in AZ? How do you do it?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Sandie from Apache Junction, AZ
I would do it while the plant is dormant, but check with a local nursery to check conditions in your area.
When and how do you prune a hibiscus plant?
Prune in late summer or early fall.
it would take a lot of explaining so here is an excellent web site that will explain everything you need to know:
Before pruning hibiscus, make sure your pruning shears are sharp and clean, preferably sterilized with alcohol gel, to prevent the spreading of any disease from affected branches. When pruning hibiscus plants, they should be cut about a third of the way back, leaving at least two to three nodes on the branches for new growth to emerge.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
Richard McCormick from Bristow, VA
Early fall is the best time to minimize transplant shock. This is when the plant starts to cycle down for the winter and the focus is diverted to root growth. Moisten the soil first so you can dig the plant with as much soil attached to the root system as possible. Wrap the roots in burlap or plastic as you move the plant. Since you mentioned you're already growing your plant outdoors, I'm assuming you are growing a hardy variety, as tropical varieties would need to be brought indoors in your zone.
In regards to pruning: Cut the longest 1/3 of the total number of branches back by 1/3 in length. Wait at least 30 days and cut the next longest 1/3 and so on. This light pruning will eliminate the need for heavy pruning. Do this pruning after the plant starts to cycle down for winter or early in the spring (February/March) before vigorous growth starts again. Keep in mind the overall shape of the plant and the direction you want the new growth to occur. Choose leaf nodes (eyes) that are pointing in an outward direction and leave 1/4 inch of wood above each leaf node when making cuts.
How can I keep my hibiscus pruned to a certain height throughout the summer, but still have flowers blooming constantly? Last year when I cut them back, I didn't get the flowers.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By brenda from Phoenix, AZ
When can you prune a hibiscus plant? It is outside in a bed facing south. We live in the Houston area.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
Jan from Houston, TX
I've always pruned my hibiscus in late January or February. I also live in Houston. Mine are potted patio plants. A friend of mine had one in the ground and it got completely out of hand leaning and spreading till it took over too much space.
I would do it while the plant is dormant, but check with a local nursery to check conditions in your area. (12/27/2008)
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Barb from Phila., PA
(title-green)Q:(/title) Can anyone tell me how far back I need to prune my hibiscus? It has been inside this summer. I have a few leggy limbs with new growth, so I would like to keep them. Its sister looks great. They are the twisted branch type.
A hibiscus can live for 20 years or more, and can be kept small by regular pruning. Pruning will invigorate the plant and also give it a better shape. Pruning is usually done in the late winter, but can actually be done anytime. To increase the bushiness of your plant, carefully assess how you want to shape it before selecting which branches to prune. Cut back the selected branches by about 1/3, keeping in mind that new growth will occur below each cut. Leave 2-3 leaf nodes (where leaves once grew) on each branch and leave about 1/2 inch of wood between the eye of the node and the cut. Keep the direction of the nodes in mind before pruning. Leaf nodes pointing out, will produce new growth that points in an outward direction. Nodes facing in will produce new growth pointing back toward the center of the plant.
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I have two Hibiscus bushes in my front garden that are about 8 feet tall and growing out over my entrance way. How low should I prune them down? By the way, I live in central Florida so we don't see too many frosts. (11/11/2007)
I live in Savannah, GA and have planted many hibiscus trees this spring which have flourished. Now I need to know how to prune them as they are now 8' feet tall from 3' feet. Just had temperatures in the 20's and leaves and blossoms are dropping. (01/07/2008)
Well, its a job like taking care of children I have found that out, I also went to a site Hidden Valley Hibiscus which helped me out a lot. I wasn't planing on this, but God has a way of getting you out of the house I see, when your a hermit like myself, lol. I moved into a place that had these trees, I know nothing of them, well this year the leaves started turning yellow.
So here I am, and I am learning, this is like taking care of children, family, me. I will search the web for pictures of pruned Hibiscus, that would be a great help, because I don't know what a pruned Hibiscus looks like, I know my tree could be more full, and these trees have their own food, now come on. Well, let me learn how to take care of the new member of the family. ;) (05/04/2008)
Wait, I have found out each type of Hibiscus flower has its own name like our names. Yes, like Mary, Henry, yes, this is going to be fun. hehe (05/04/2008)
My hibiscus is about 7 feet tall and very thin. Can I cut it down to a shorter height without killing it? (05/21/2008)
Hi, just found your site. I have two hardy hibiscus at the back of my house in the ground with an eastern exposure, and I have always cut back the bushes in late fall after blooming has stopped all the way to the ground. Each spring they are the last to put out shoots but I have the fullest hibiscus with the most blooms of anyone in town (small town). The bush blooms from June through Sept. As I write this we still have blooms and seed pods. Harvested the seed pods and am going to try to germinate the seeds this year. Thanks for all your info on this site. (09/17/2008)
By Margi in Ky
I have had a hibiscus for about 2 years. I don't want to kill it. How do I trim it? It's growing crazy. (09/28/2008)
I just trimmed the tips of my hibiscus which has grown over the fence, to remove all the seed pods. I don't want to have a thousand seedling in the spring. My plan is to do some cutting from the tree in early spring. Propagation for hibiscus is the best done in the early spring (late March) based on my experience. I tried to do cutting in April, and I guess it was too late. The cutting didn't root.
IN Zone 5b (10/03/2008)
I just bought a beautiful 6' tree. Pink flowers. Still flowering as it was outside until just recently. The last tree I had would never flower after I first bought it. Can someone give me strong hints on forcing flowering. I have a South facing solarium with full sun. shirelyfisher AT hotmail.com (10/20/2008)
I have a hibiscus tree, or a rose of sharon. When is the best time to cut it back?