Q.I Want To Prune My Hibiscus, But It Is Still Blooming.
I want to prune my hibiscus, but it is still blooming. I have read that it should be pruned in early Spring. It is the end of January now. Do I wait until it stops blooming, or do I go ahead and prune it? I live in South Daytona, FL 32119.
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Prune your hibiscus between mid February and mid March, before the plant starts to grow actively in the spring. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches. Cut back healthy branches by about one-third of their length to encourage bushy growth. Remove any crossing or rubbing branches to maintain the plant's shape and promote air circulation. Water the plant thoroughly after pruning, and apply a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Despite the plant still blooming, it's best to getting ready to prune now to prepare it for the upcoming growing season.