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Hibiscus plant help

I am back from a winter in Florida and these are how my two hibiscus look....I have a couple of new green leaves coming, what do I do now? Thanks

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa Buchanan Dam, TX
    on May 18, 2015

    I cut back branches every other week. I recently had to cut back to the base and then the green leaves will appear!

    • Sharon
      Sharon Davenport, FL
      on May 18, 2015

      Great....thanks Vanessa.

  • A
    A Brook Park, OH
    on May 18, 2015

    I have been helping my elderly mother a lot in her garden and I am learning a lot . We cut back her hibiscus in the fall and don't touch it again til the next fall.i know it may look sad now but be patient it will come around it likes to take it's time

    • Sharon
      Sharon Davenport, FL
      on May 18, 2015

      Ok, so I should leave it until fall to cut back. Thanks.

  • Tammie ellerbee
    Tammie ellerbee Columbus, GA
    on May 18, 2015

    Tropical hibiscus should not survive in Maine!

    • Sharon
      Sharon Davenport, FL
      on May 18, 2015

      Tammy I bought them there last year and they were beautiful but I brought them inside for the winter and this is how they look now. There are a couple of new shoots on them so I'm hoping. I've moved them to my back deck. Just don't know to cut back now or wait and see.

  • Kathy t
    Kathy t Olympia, WA
    on May 18, 2015

    I do the same thing. Best to start from scratch to see what happens.

  • Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
    Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet Granbury, TX
    on May 18, 2015

    I grow Hibiscus and this has happened to me a few times over the years. Make sure to trim them down, but not too much. You can still get new growth in the branches. Water heavily, make sure it gets good morning sunlight, fertilize lightly every few weeks. It should be okay. I actually have a post on my blog all about this coming next week. Sorry I don't have it ready now. Let me know if you have questions.

  • Melinda Edwards
    Melinda Edwards Saint Cloud, FL
    on May 20, 2015

    I live in Central Fl, planted multiple new hibiscus about a year ago. They were doing well, blooming, growing some, and all at once they turned brown and now look like the picture above. No leaves, but if the twigs are snapped, they are still green. I'm afraid to cut back, I did that when the leaves first turned brown and fell off. Any ideas?

  • Dobi
    Dobi Warrensburg, MO
    on Aug 2, 2015

    I live in missouri, and we have several hibiscus plants. The only ones that I have seen in pots are the ornamental ones and they are only annual. We have dwarf in various colors and we do trim them back before the first frost. we leave about 3 inches or so above ground, Ours will flower all the way until it gets around 40 degrees. Thats when I trim them back. This year we have a wild one that I guess a bird donated to us! It is beautiful! And apparently you can start them from their seed pods. I have never done it, but my mother in law was telling me about it. good luck!

  • Debbie Cooper
    Debbie Cooper Owensboro, KY
    on Apr 6, 2016

    I have Hibiscus that grow up to zone 7-6.5. They look like that every year. You just cut the old stock off AFTER they have started to sprout to see if the previous yrs stocks get any leaves. Mine grew up to 6-8' tall in TN. This will be my first season back in KY so need to get seeds started inside!!

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