The Hibiscus is a genus of Malvaceae which includes about 300 species of small trees, shrubs and herbaceous annual or perennial

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The Hibiscus is a genus of Malvaceae which includes about 300 species of small trees, shrubs and herbaceous annual or perennial

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Commonly known as hardy hibiscus, perennial hibiscus may look delicate, but this tough plant produces huge, exotic-looking flowers that rival those of tropical hibiscus. However, unlike tropical hibiscus, hardy hibiscus is suitable for planting as far north as USDA plant hardiness zone 4, with very little winter protection. When it comes to pruning perennial hibiscus, there’s no need for stress. Although this easy-care plant requires very little pruning, regular maintenance will keep it healthy and promote better, bigger flowers. Read on to learn how and when to prune perennial hibiscus. How to Prune a Perennial Hibiscus Hardy hibiscus pruning isn’t complicated but there are a few things you should know in order to keep the plant looking its best. Cut any dead stems or branches down to about 8 to 12 inches (20 cm.) in fall, just before applying a protective

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