Trees and Shrubs forum: hibiscus -don't know if it's alive

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 28, 2016 6:58 AM CST
I am doing a major revamp of my back yard and had to suddenly dig out three hibiscus (the hardy type) and the dirt is loose there, so they came up pretty much w no dirt over them, in a hurry, ect and they have laid in the yard ,shade, for nearly a week now and I am wondering if I should replant them or if they are just gonners?
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JuneOntario
Apr 29, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Had they begun to leaf out before you dug them up? If not, they should be fine. I suggest you give their roots a good soak before replanting the bushes.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 29, 2016 6:02 PM CST
no there are no leaves at all. They take forever here to leaf out. You know iris and daylilies can lay out of the ground for quite a while and still do fine, didn't know if these are like that or not, the temps have been cool, unfortunately rain/storm so I sill haven't been able to plant. like a mud hole out here now.
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sooby
Apr 29, 2016 7:10 PM CST
I don't think they'd have the same ability to survive bare-root in the open air that daylilies and iris do with their rhizomes, tuberous roots etc. but there's really only one way to find out and that's to plant them, or "park" them in a tub of damp potting mix to see if they revive. If you scratch at the stems are they still green underneath the surface?
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 29, 2016 8:22 PM CST
oh, I hadn't though to scratch, will try that. thank you!

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