Hibiscus has gotten taller and bot fuller #797355

Asked June 22, 2022, 8:34 PM EDT

I transplanted a stem from my older hibiscus and after planting the new shoot, it just kept getting taller and not filling out. How can I get it to become more bushy ( fuller) and not so tall.

Nicollet County Minnesota

Expert Response

The different cultivars of hibiscus have different internode lengths.  The ones with wide internodes are more upright. The one with narrow internodes tend to be more bushy. Hibiscus can withstand a heavy pruning. Pruning promotes more branching and makes it more bushy and hence more flowers. The best time to hard prune hibiscus is at the end of winter or just the beginning of spring. Also deadheading (removing dead and dried flowers form the plant) the flowers maintains blooms.
Pat Mack Replied June 22, 2022, 8:51 PM EDT

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