Pruning Hibiscus

When to Prune Hibiscus
Hibiscus pruning generally occurs during spring. Hibiscus plants can be lightly pruned in late summer or early fall, take caution to not prune hibiscus in late fall or winter. Late season pruning will affect the amount of new growth, hibiscus bloom on new wood this late pruning will limit blossoms the following spring. Spring should be the only time for complete rejuvenation pruning. Pruning hibiscus plants entirely in the growing season helps promote summer blooming. Branch tips can be pinched, or tip pruned, throughout the season to encourage a more dense growth habit.

Hibiscus Pruning, How To:
Before pruning hibiscus, make sure your pruning shears are sharp and clean. When pruning hibiscus plants, they should be pruned to about a third of their size, leaving at least two to three nodes on the branches for emergence f new growth and subsequent flower blossoms. These cuts should be made just above the nodes, leaving about a quarter inch. Remove any weak, diseased, or dead growth, as well as crossing or leggy branches. To improve overall airflow with in the canopy, branches that are growing toward the center of the plant should also be removed.

3 thoughts on “Pruning Hibiscus”

  1. I planted a beautiful hibicus late one year, planning to replant it later in a better spot but that never happened. It is right next to our patio and has been there for several years. It is pruned in the spring but becomes a large plant by later summer and blocks shorter plants growing behing it. Can this plant be pruned again in the summer to keep it smaller but still have the beautiful blooms and not block other plants in the same area? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

  2. I read most all questions and answers, but one never came up. I have 6 hibiscus bushes that have many buds on them, but only a few will actually open. I want to trim them because the middle is very tall. I want them nicely trimmed next to my walk. My question is, how do I trim these bushes with all the buds, can I cut the buds without harming the bush? The bushes like where they are at, they seem to thrive and bud plenty, they just don’t open up. I had to cut the bushes down to the bottom because they froze, even with blankets on them. What can I do before they get to be trees? Only reason I didn’t trim them before was they had all these buds on them.

    1. With excessive pruning it will limit the plants bud formation. Be selective in your pruning cuts.
      What is the sun exposure? More sun = more flowers. What is your climate like? Cooler temps will affect the flower production.


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