Pruning Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Westport, MA
Question by JudyCambra
October 31, 2001
I purchased two perennial hibiscus plants this year and need to know when they should be pruned, in the fall or in the spring. Also, are there any tricks to caring for these plants?


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 2001

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The perennial hibiscus plants grown in the flower garden will die back to the ground completely each fall and at that point the now soft stems can be gently removed. Mark their location because they come up very late each spring. These flowers need full sun and do best in a moist rich soil, although they will tolerate average soil. They will appreciate several inches of organic mulch over their root zones. They may be pinched back once in June to encourage some branching and keep them a bit shorter than normal, otherwise no pruning is required. In general they are not too difficult to grow, so enjoy.

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