Ask a Question forum: Hibiscus pruning in MA

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Name: Mike DeChiara
Just north of Cape Cod 4 miles (Zone 6a)
Nov 13, 2016 10:10 AM CST
I was given a couple of plants years ago. They go dormant in late fall/early winter and I've been just cleaning up the plants in the spring chopping the woody stocks and new growth have come up each year bigger and bigger, over 5' tall white flowers with red throats but now the plant mass has got so big that I want to split the plants which I'm assuming I can do in the spring but my real question is: Should I wait till the spring like I have been doing to cut back the woody stocks or would it be OK to cut down now after we've had a couple of frosts?

Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Nov 13, 2016 10:25 AM CST
Once the tops are dead, it shouldn't matter when you cut them back. I usually cut mine back sometime in the winter.

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