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Re: pruning hibs was: What is this strange item?

Well by god Marge finally a question I can answer for you.  Thought this 
day would never happen.

Hibs bloom on new growth.  If you prune the entire plant at the same 
time you can expect to wait about 10 weeks before they will bloom 
again...assuming you are feeding and giving them plenty of light.  What 
I tell most people is to prune one or so branches at a time so you can 
still enjoy some blooms on the plant while you wait for the new branches 
to regrow and develop buds.  Once that happens then select others 
branches to prune.  In my opinion the time to severely prune the entire 
plant is in the fall when most blooming has stopped.  In that way your 
plant will be recovering during the spring and early winter ready again 
for summer.  You can cut them back as far as you want.  They grow new 
leaves on old wood.

Did that answer the question?


Marge Talt wrote:

>>From: David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
>>Hey Marge anything called broomrape can't be good!
>Heh, heh, David...you are BAAAD:-)
>Gotta question for you.  I have 2 very old (like maybe 20 year old)
>tropical hibs; live in pots.  They have gotten pretty leggy.  I've
>nipped them back some but cannot remember if they bloom on old or new
>wood and dunno just how drastically I can prune them or when to do
>it.  Any words of wisdom here?
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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