|My next door neighbor has Hibiscus Shrubs between the our properties. Unfortunately, over the years he has only trimmed the tops like a hedge. As a result, there is only leaves and flowers on the top and bottom half of the plants show only supporting branches. What can I do to get leaves and flowers growing on my side from the ground up?
|Answer from NGA
December 7, 2009
|Regular pruning will keep hibiscus full of leaves and branches. You can rejuvenate your side of the hedge by pruning it back every 2-3 months. Hedge trimmers can be used. The important thing is to remove only about 6 or 8 inches of growth at a time. When the shrub recovers from the pruning and sends out 3-4 inches of new growth, prune it back by another 6-8 inches. Eventually it will develop new leaves and inner stems and be thick and bushy. Just keep at it! Good luck with your project!
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