Hibiscus

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Old 10-05-07, 02:20 PM
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Hibiscus

I am a beginner when it comes to trees and plants. I live in the Hill Country in TX. I have a beautiful, potted hibiscus bush. When do I need to prune it or do I need to? It has a very good shape and I'm afraid if I prune it it will grow back misshapen as I have never pruned a plant before. Can I just bring it inside if the weather cools?

I was told to cut it all the way to the soil in August. That didn't seem right to me so I didn't do it. It still has big pretty blooms everyday so I would hate to mess it up.

Any help?
 
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Old 10-05-07, 06:15 PM
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There are tropical hibiscus - Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, and hardy hibiscus - Hibiscus moscheutos. Without knowing which you have and what your hardiness zone is it's difficult to say what to do. This site will help you to determine if you have tropical or hardy hibiscus. It will also tell you how to care for your tropical indoors over the winter. Generally tropical hibiscus won't survive outdoors north of hardiness zone 9.
http://www.trop-hibiscus.com/gindr.html

You can find your hardiness zone with this zip code zone finder.
http://www.gardenweb.com/zones/zip.cgi

If you discover you have a hardy hibiscus I can get you care instructions.

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