Need advice on Hibiscus please

maroruben(9)June 1, 2013

Hello everyone. I apologize if I'm not posting this in the correct forum but I wasn't sure where to post. I took some cutting from a hibiscus in my front yard a couple of years ago and they rooted. When they got bigger I planted them in 5 gallon buckets. They've kept growing but they look so skinny and don't flower much. I don't know if it's because 5 gallon buckets are too small and the soil get too hot, or if it's the roots not having room to grow. I've heard that hibiscus can be grown is pots but maybe they need to be pruned smaller? I'm not sure. I don't want to plant them in the ground because up here in North Florida we have freezes during the winter and my hibiscus dies to the ground every year. I'd like them in pots so I can bring them in. I'm open to anything to help these babies grow. Here they are in their sad state:

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!

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Wherever you cut a plant, two new branches will grow, so I'd recommend cutting them back to where it starts branching, so when they grow back out, they will be fuller. Keep doing it until you are satisfied with the fullness. Why aren't they planted in the ground?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Hi Kay, I don't have them in the ground because every year the frost kills them to the ground, so I wanted to have them in pot/buckets....whatever so that I can brink them in during the winter.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 1:09PM
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Hibiscus tend to get a bit like that if they're crowded out with too much root competition. Also not enough fertiliser, poor soil. Pruning would help if you want a more compact bush.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 4:49AM
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