hibiscus pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Verona, Wi
Question by susanc313
May 4, 2010
Can i prune and re-pot and cut back the roots now of a HUGE 10' tall hibiscus in a root bound pot 21/2' diameter/. It too big to manage and move in and out for winter/summer. How best to manage?

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010


You can prune your hibiscus back but plan to do it in segments or you'll shock your plant and it might not recover. Start by pruning your shrub back by one third now. Allow it to recover and send out new growth. When it is actively growing, prune it back by one third again. Allow it to recover and then do your root pruning. Unpot your plant and use a sharp knife to trim an inch or two from the edges and the bottom of the root mass. Repot using fresh potting soil to fill in the gaps. Best wishes with your hibiscus.

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