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Q.Should Hibiscus Be Cut All the Way Down in Fall

Zone 5 | namjam added on October 8, 2011 | Answered

I live in central western New Jersey. The plants I (Hisbiscus) have are perennial. This is my first year working with flowers, and the Hibiscus was planted in July from pots. They have done well, but I want to be sure I prune them properly this fall. We often have many weeks sub freezing and can see a few feet of snow on occasion. I’ve been told to cut them all the way back. Yes or no?

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Answered on October 10, 2011

Some people do and, because they are such rapid growers, they will come back full force next year. But it is not something that is necessary to do. Some people like to cut them back like that every year to help keep their size in check.

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