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Re: hibiscus- YO Dave!

Not one of David's fancy ones, but one that the tree crashed down
upon last summer. It was a very old plant, and the crash split it
down the middle. I was about to throw it out, but it seemed to have
life.  I repotted it and brought it in for the winter. This spring, it had
a bit of new growth but not much. I took the pot outside and planted
caladium bulbs in it but left the pitiful-looking stub of the old plant in
the pot.  By the end of the summer it has a bunch of shoots about
a foot high, but has not sent up anything like the previous plant.  I
just can't discard a plant that is trying so hard to live - after all, this
plant had been part of the family for some fifteen or more years - but
I don't know if it's worth hauling in again.  I know I will if I can get 
someone to do it - we're getting too old and feeble to move the big
pots in and out each year - but somehow I don't think this one is 
going to make another winter - nor may I.
In a message dated 9/9/2008 9:08:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

Yo David!... or anyone.

I have one of Davids fancy hibiscus that has been put thru the storm ringer of
life.  Poles crashed on it in storms and various incidents throughout the last
couple of years.  Although it is alive, it looks terrible in form and has many
areas that could easily be attacked by insects etc. I don't see an easy way to
prune it to make it look like a plant again.

So... I was thinking of attempting to start another plant and let nature takes
it course with the original plant.

So.... how do I do that with the best results?  Do I have to wait till next

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