Hibiscus Hard Prune

Hey crossnote;

Can you post photos of your hibiscus? It may help with tips.

Thanks!
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Bob,
Had to use a smaller photo so maybe the details are lacking. (what's the largest size allowable for posting?)
My wife likes to keep them tied together so they don't spread all over the place.
She likes to keep them continually cut, but consequently little flowering.
 

bobinfaith

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Hey crossnote,

You can use whatever size photo that will fit. I would say 1-2 feet late summer or fall would be good from looking at your hibiscus. But I feel Lanolin, CPerkins can answer better how much to prune.

I like your sidewalk. Did you lay the bricks yourself?
 
hmm. I haven't had to prune my hibiscus as I keep it in a pot. Yours are nice and bushy like a hedge but it's a shame they don't flower as much.

Though they can handle hard pruning, I'd say prune no more than a third, you can also remove some interior branches to make it more open and then you might get more flowers. Do it in the cool season.
 
hmm. I haven't had to prune my hibiscus as I keep it in a pot. Yours are nice and bushy like a hedge but it's a shame they don't flower as much.

Though they can handle hard pruning, I'd say prune no more than a third, you can also remove some interior branches to make it more open and then you might get more flowers. Do it in the cool season.
They have gotten plenty of flowers in the past but my wife likes to keep them shaped weekly so they end up with hardly any flowers.
 
Apparently you can make a purple dye out of the flowers.

Just put it to her does she prefer a topiary or does she want flowers?
 
Apparently you can make a purple dye out of the flowers.

Just put it to her does she prefer a topiary or does she want flowers?
Topiary? Another term this dunce had to look up. The only topiary that goes on in this home is her training my growth.
 

CPerkins

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Hey crossnote,

You can use whatever size photo that will fit. I would say 1-2 feet late summer or fall would be good from looking at your hibiscus. But I feel Lanolin, CPerkins can answer better how much to prune.

I like your sidewalk. Did you lay the bricks yourself?

I'm very much a beginning pruner. There are a few things I've learned. One is that it is important to know when to prune because you could be cutting off the next years produce. Also trees and shrubs go in and out of a dormancy period. I usually do most of my pruning in the late fall. This year I did a hard prune on some fruit trees, I don't expect any fruit this year, but it is likely to encourage my trees to be fuller rather than taller.

Knowing where to cut and what to cut is important as well.

Shaping your trees and shrubs is more difficult because you are fighting the natural tendencies of the shrub or tree. I have no advice on this, but I often go an ask a master gardener these kind of questions. They are usually offer very good advice and/or direct you to good references or sources for better understanding.
 
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