This is the first time in 7 years that my Turk's Cap has lost its leaves during the winter. Should I prune it down to the ground? Wait until I see new growth and then prune or just leave it alone?
I've been pruning mine back a bit. Hard to know how far to prune it, so I just guessimated.
I would wait to do any prunning we are still in winter mode. If you have a warming period and your Malvaviscus
(Turks Cap) puts on new growth. Pruning can make your
plants come back pre- maturely. Our last frost date is
March 31. Besides being Turks Cap like warmer soils it
would be better to waituntil later.The plant will respond
better to prunning at that time.
Turk's Cap freezes to the ground here every winter, so I know it'll come back even if you cut it to the ground.
I don't know if it is the proper thing to do or not, but every year, when it starts getting cold, my Turks cap will brown out and look dead. Same thing for my mums. When they do, I cut them to the ground. Both the mums and the Turk's cap come back stronger each spring. This is the 6th spring coming up.....Billy