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How does one properly deadhead a tropical hibiscus?

Posted by GlitterQueen 5b/6a Ontario (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 22, 05 at 5:48

I just purchased my very first tropical hibiscus this weekend at a local nursery after many years of admiring them from afar. It has no I.D. on it but it's about 2'H X 2'W with beautiful pale-peach-pink double flowers.

I know that deadheading is a must for not only keeping the plant looking neat & tidy, but also for encouraging more blooms. However, I'm not sure what the proper method of deadheading is for a hibiscus. Do I simply remove the bloom from its little green "socket" when it's spent, or should I cut the whole thing off at the stem?

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RE: How does one properly deadhead a tropical hibiscus?

  • Posted by Rjj1 Ok USDA Zone 7 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 22, 05 at 7:26

Its possible you might be confusing two different species here. Hibiscus blooms generally last for only one day and then drop from the plant on their own with no encouragement. It certainly keeps a larger specimen looking better when you collect all the spent blooms if they drop and land on limbs below.


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