Fire Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Port Richey, Fl
Question by vbuscetta16
March 10, 2010
Last year I had three beautiful fire bushes on my property. After this past cold winter in Pasco County Florida, all the leaves fell off. A friend from the Master Gardner's Club suggested that I cut them back to about 6 inches from the ground. So far I have seen no new growth, Have I lost them all??

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Firebush is tropical in nature and the tops will be killed back by frost (as you have experienced) but the roots may have survived. If so, you will see new stems and foliage, but not until the weather gets really hot. Give your plants a little more time to recover. They may be slow to show growth but I think they will - in time.

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