Re: hibiscus- YO Dave!
Donna, I'm by far no hibiscus expert, have been growing them for many years
though....thought I'd weigh in here for what it's worth. I doubt seriously
that the plant is patented or such, and if it is, you are only doing it for
your own use, not for resale, so I would not worry about it.
As the Hibiscus age, they do become a bit gnarly looking, and tend to have
weaker wood, and no longer produce the quantity and quality of blooms that they
used to. You could do a number of things......cut off the branches at
several inches, on an angle, put rooting hormone powder on the end and plant it
in some soil....keep in a warm, bright area, and moist. It should root for
you quite easily. I would do a number to ensure you have one nice plant at
Not knowing if the Hibiscus is grafted or not, I would save the old plant as
well. Most Hibiscus recover well and are rejuvinated by a good hard
pruning. This forces the plant to go into survival mode, sending out healthy new
growth. I would not do this now, since your growing season is almost over, but
would wait until spring. In the meantime you have your cuttings growing, so
if the old plant doesn't survive, you at least have a new plant. Come
spring, I'd prune the Hibiscus back quite a bit (above the graft, if grafted) and
see what happens.
I dont' know if Dave will agree with this, he might have other ideas.....but
either way it could not hurt to make a few cuttings, to get them started
while the temperatures are still warm. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Texas Gulf Coast/ West Houston
In a message dated 9/9/2008 8:08:31 PM Central Daylight Time,
Yo David!... or anyone.
I have one of Davids fancy hibiscus that has been put thru the storm ringer
life. Poles crashed on it in storms and various incidents throughout the
couple of years. Although it is alive, it looks terrible in form and has
areas that could easily be attacked by insects etc. I don't see an easy way
prune it to make it look like a plant again.
So... I was thinking of attempting to start another plant and let nature
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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