Hardy hibiscus, also known as Hibiscus moscheutos or swamp rose mallow, is a beautiful perennial plant that produces oversized flowers in vibrant colors. However, like all plants, it requires pruning to maintain its health and shape. In this blog post, we will discuss how to prune hardy hibiscus.
When to Prune
Hardy hibiscus should be pruned in the early spring just before new growth appears. This timing allows for the removal of any dead or damaged wood while promoting healthy growth for the upcoming growing season.
To properly prune hardy hibiscus you will need a few tools such as:
• A sharp pair of pruning shears
• Loppers (if necessary)
How to Prune Hardy Hibiscus
1) Remove Dead and Diseased Wood: Start by removing any dead, damaged or diseased wood from your hardy hibiscus. You can do this by cutting back branches that are no longer producing leaves or buds.
2) Cut Back Old Growth: Next, remove any old stems that have bloomed previously but did not produce new shoots. Cut these down close to the ground level to allow them to grow anew.
3) Trim Excess Branches: If your plant has grown too large and bushy over time then select some of its thicker branches and trim them back towards their base at a 45-degree angle. Be sure not to cut into the stem collar (the area where it meets another branch). Doing so may create an entry point for diseases or pests.
4) Maintain Shape: Finally, selectively trim areas on your plant where there is excess foliage growth resulting in an uneven shape overall until desired shape is achieved.
In conclusion; proper pruning practices are essential when caring for hardy hibiscuses since they help promote healthier growth throughout each growing season while maintaining their overall shape. With these steps, you’ll be on your way to having a healthy and beautiful hardy hibiscus plant in no time!