Hibiscus forum: Help w/ Uprooted Hibiscus Tree

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Summr
Sep 19, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Hello,

I've had this tree for about 5 years and with the exception of a scare this past spring/early summer, and in spite of so not having a green thumb, it's been healthy and grows rapidly in the warm weather here in Florida producing it's beautiful blooms. Sadly, hurricane Irma had her way with it and completely uprooted it. I found it laying flat on the ground. The trunk was not damaged and big roots that I could see were in tact. Several smaller ones were broken off. I dug under the roots as far as I could (not much), pulled it up, staked it, filled in with soil and watered it. I really, really do not want to lose my tree and feel like I should do more. Anyone have any advice as to whether or not I should prune it (it's really full, no flowers, few buds) and/or fertilize or just leave it alone for a time? Any and all advice and opinions are greatly appreciated! Many thanks.
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plantmanager
Sep 26, 2017 10:12 AM CST
It sounds like you've done all you can for it now. If it was in salt water for long, try to flush out the salts with fresh water. In your climate you should be able to tell fairly quickly if it's going to make it. Good luck!
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Name: Johnny
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neverdone
Oct 16, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Hey summer, I had the same thing happen with my hibiscus out front with hurricane Matthew last year. 5 foot plant flat on the ground. Tried to stake and tie it back but no luck. Dug it out, had some root damage, heard some ripping when she was extracted and replanted it. She went through a rather long period of stress, leaves fell off, looked grim for a while but she came back. Irma kicked her ass this year but didn't knock her down. I pruned her down about 12" so she wasn't top heavy. Then staked her and she was fine. They can take a whoopin, just baby her for a while. I didn't fertilize til she recovered from Mathew. Hope this helps. Good luck. She is now on a monthly fertilizer schedule.
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This pic is pre hurricane Irma. She is the one to the left. She made a good recovery. Yours will too. If the stakes and ties are working and keep her in place stay with it she will be fine with some TLC. They really are very resilient plants. Especially the established ones. Good luck again,. Johnny Crossing Fingers!

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