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Jerry7595

Hibiscus

I planted a hibiscus last summer, not sure if it needs to be cut back to the ground. Our winter was extremely mild for soutwest Ohio. The Hibiscus seems to have developed woody stems. This is much different than the green stems it had  when it was transplanted to the flower bed. Any help would be appreciated.Cool

Views: 3398 Replies: 3 Date: 2012-03-18T10:09:58.000Z
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burpee

Re: Hibiscus

After the first frost   in the fall cut back to six inches and use a mulch to protect roots. In late spring, pinch back tips of stems to encourage bushier growth.

This year cut the plant back to about six inches to encourage new growth

2012-03-29T06:46:18.000Z

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  tigger959

tigger959

Re: Hibiscus

I am new to gardening and don't know what you mean by "pinch" back.  
Could you explain. 

2012-08-07T10:03:41.000Z

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burpee

Re: Hibiscus

 

You can either use a sharp pair of flower snips or just your thumb and forefinger. You only take off an inch or two  of the end (tip) of a  branch and cut to just above a leaf. Growing tips can produce a hormone that prevents the side shoots from growing. Once the tip is removed the side shoots will grow, however, this is not true for every plant  but it is for hibiscus.

2012-08-08T06:07:31.000Z

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