The Q&A Archives: Braided Hibiscus

Question: Do you know how to create the braided hibiscus plants? I would like try to make one.

Answer: You can train your own hibiscus into a braided form without too much trouble. Start with one young plant, with 3 or more pliable upright stems. Clip off any others that are emerging from the crown of the plant. This single plant with three stems will become the trunk that you will braid. Remove the branches and stems on the lower two thirds of each stem, leaving the upright top growing tip untouched. Carefully intertwine or braid these stems together and tie them with soft cloth or old nylon stockings in several places to keep the general braided form. Don't braid them too tightly or tie them too tightly together - the stems will need some growing room. As the plant grows you can continue removing side branches and any leaves that appear on the stems. As the stems elongate, continue braiding them and removing the lower leaves. Hope this gets you started.

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