Pruning Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Oak Park, CA
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Question by fpetrino
December 9, 1999
The evening temperatures have been dropping into the 40's and I need to bring my hibiscus plant indoors for the winter. Can I prune it first?

Answer from NGA
December 9, 1999
I'm guessing you're growing the Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis). This is the tropical looking evergreen with large glossy leaves and large red, white or pink flowers. You can prune the plant now if necessary to fit it into your indoor space. However, pruning is generally done in early spring, to encourage new flowering stems. If you pinch out the tips of the new growth in the late spring and early summer, flower production will increase.

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