Q.Do I Need to Prune My Thin-Looking, Hibiscus?
I have had a hibiscus plant for 2 years now and it is getting a little thin and not bushy like it once was. It is indoors for the winter and in a large pot with drainage. Do I need to prune it and if so, how?
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Pruning is a great way to bring back fullness to a hibiscus that has gotten too leggy.
If you are keeping it indoors, you can prune it now, but it is really better to wait until spring.
Whether you prune now or in the spring, you can cut it back by up to 1/3 per year.
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I trim mine down to about one foot tall each fall. I also keep it trimmed and shaped all summer. I get out the shears and trim it into shape about every 3 weeks or as needed. Mine is by a doorway so I need to keep it trimmed to prevent it from attacking me as I walk through the way as well but trimming is not necessary.