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.
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After choosing and planting your desired variety of bamboo, whether it be a clump form or a running variety the maintenance is essentially the same. Do nothing for the first three years. After the initial establishment stage remove the three year old and older canes at the ground.Take care to over thin the plant as it creates its own shade for optimal growth. Care should also be given to hedging bamboo. Remove the tops to create the hedge at a desired height. Do not remove all the foliage from a cane you don’t intend to remove as it will most likely die.
To maintain a running variety prune out the canes along the edges of the grove. (A mower will help maintain new growth.) Consider using a barrier. A metal, concrete or other impenetrable material buried 20-24” into the soil will aid in localized containment of bamboo.
Your greatest benefit from maintaining you bamboo is all the new bamboo stakes you will get! The uses for this bamboo is only limited to your imagination. Stakes, trellises, and even fencing. My kids love playing in the bamboo, a regular backyard jungle!