Hibiscus forum: Repotting my Hibiscus

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Aug 7, 2015 7:01 PM CST
You can't see it in this photo but my Hibiscus is leaning terribly. I've moved it over to the other side of my greenhouse so it has some protection from the wind which kept blowing it over. When will be the best time to re-pot this, fall or later? It will be going into the greenhouse as winter sets in again this year.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 8, 2015 7:58 AM CST
I'm in the same zone and grow a lot of tropical hibiscus myself. I over winter mine in the greenhouse as well. What I do is cut them back 2/3 and root cuttings for 'insurance'. Every 3 years or so I not only cut them back but root prune as well so I don't have to keep upping the size of the pots they are in. They respond very well to this treatment and I haven't lost one yet.

They get their last feeding at the beginning of September and get cut down about the 1st week in October. I shoot for having the GH loaded with everything by the last week in October.

In the picture you can see them on the right.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 8, 2015 8:17 AM CST
I also wanted to add that I had the falling pot problem too. I fixed it by driving a stake inside the pot into the ground. Works perfectly. You'll want to put the stake in the pot first. Go through one of the drain holes on the side and push it up. Don't try to go from the top down.

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 8, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Thanks Anne, when you root the cuttings you just take the branches you've cut and place in pots? Do you use any root hormone? I see you're like me and save all the containers that plants come in from stores. Makes it a lot easier and cheaper to start new ones. The same here with having everything in the greenhouse by the end of Oct beginning Nov. I've got another greenhouse to put together however it's just too hot to get out there and do it. I've got some tree trimming to do first before I can even put it up.
Chris
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Aug 8, 2015 11:33 AM CST
Never can have too many pots!

I take 6, 6 - 8 inch tip cuttings from each plant and label them. I usually just stick them in a communal pot with vermiculite. I don't use the rooting hormone. Some seem to root almost over night and others can take months. As they start rooting I transplant into individual pots. Come Spring I use the rooted cuttings for trade or take them to the Spring Plant Swap in North Charleston.

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 8, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Thanks Anne, I'll give that a try this year.
Chris
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Aug 8, 2015 6:51 PM CST
You're welcome!
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