Hibiscus plants are a great choice if you're looking to add a tropical flair to your garden. They also bring an abundance of flowers in mid to late summer, bringing you bright and exotic blooms. One of the best things you can do to ensure attractive and healthy growth is to prune your hibiscus after their winter dormancy. Let's look at some tips on how to prune hibiscus, including the best techniques you can use.
Pruning your hibiscus rejuvenates the plant after its dormant state, to develop new branches and grow rounder and bushy foliage. Removing dead, diseased, or damaged leaves and limbs also helps keep your hibiscus healthy. Aside from the health aspects, pruning your hibiscus also contributes to maintaining its beauty during its flowering season. When left unpruned, hibiscus tends to grow taller, leggy, and top-heavy, with its stalks leaning in any direction, making your plant look uneven and strange.
Pruning hibiscus usually depends on where you live. For example, perennials like Hardy Hibiscus, commonly native to the United States, are best pruned in late winter or early spring. On the other hand, you can treat your Tropical Hibiscus as a perennial (for areas with cold climate) and annual (for tropical settings). In this case, only hard prune your Tropical Hibiscus annually, at every end of its growing season, while thinning its foliage through spring, summer, and autumn.
You don't need a lot of tools to prune your hibiscus. A great pair of garden scissors is often enough to do your pruning work. Since you will only need one pruning tool, your pruners need to have clean and sharp blades complemented with grips that are comfortable to handle, like those of the EnduroPRO garden shears.
Haus & Garten PRO series pruning shears use high-quality blades treated using a proprietary titanium coating system to prevent rust and corrosion, allowing its user to enjoy the pruners at their maximum capacity for a long time. This technology increases the resistance of the cutting edge, which prolongs the lifespan of the blades. Our blades are complemented with ergonomic handles to give their users a comfortable pruning experience without compromising the grip and control you should have.
Although deadheading isn't a necessary aspect of any tropical hibiscus plant care, removing faded flowers will help maintain the plant's beauty, improve its appearance, develop more blooms, and divert the plant's energy into creating more blooms. Should you decide to deadhead your hibiscus, do this immediately when you see flowers starting to fade and wilt.
To deadhead your hibiscus, start by snapping off the plant's stem, just below the faded or wilted blossom, right at the point where it connects with the main limb. If you prefer using your bypass pruners to deadhead, make sure that the blades are clean and sharp enough to make precise cuts. Dull and dirty tools can carry disease-causing bacteria, so remember to clean your bypass pruners, especially the blades, before deadheading.
Pruning hibiscus is not as complex as people think they are. The steps are similar to how we prune most plants, so don't get intimidated when dealing with this tropical beauty.
For individual branches, locate the leaf node, a point that looks like bumps in which leaves emerge. Once you've found the leaf node, trim just above it for you to encourage the plant to grow a bushy growth right where you cut.
Encourage limbs to grow in one way by using a sharp pair of bypass pruners to make a slanted cut in the direction in which you want the plant to grow. Leave at least two to three nodes on the branches for new growth to develop. Moreover, producing a slanted cut about 1/4 inch above a leaf node will help direct the new growth. Just remember not to remove more than 1/3 of the plant at once.
As a rule of thumb, dead, diseased, and damaged growth, including crossing or leggy limbs, should also be removed.
The whole idea behind Haus & Garten lies in the company's aim of providing high-quality tools meant to fulfill the pruning demands and needs of all types of gardeners, whether they're professional and hobbyists.
Haus & Garten's founder, Greg Schultz, produced a range of premium-grade tools available not only for professional gardeners. These tools are also ready for beginner, home, and avid gardeners to use, especially if they hope to prune their hibiscus properly to maintain its tropical beauty and charm.
Greg's 28-year experience in the gardening and landscaping field has helped him understand what it takes to make a premium-grade gardening tool. He believes that "Pruning can be as easy as 1, 2, cut! All you need is the right knowledge, proper tool, and lastly, the confidence to prune your plants."
Years before Haus & Garten was founded, Greg worked as a professional landscaper and arborist, a very successful business that fueled his passion for gardening.
Those three decades in the field, including his experience with his clients, helped him recognize the specific needs and demands that gardeners encounter when dealing with their pruning tasks. That being said, he established Haus & Garten, along with the PRO range of garden tools.
Greg's goal was to produce a series of premium-grade gardening hand tools that any type of gardener could depend on when it comes to performance and quality. A lot of Haus & Garten customers were able to prove that his pruning tools were able to reach this goal.
The Haus & Garten gardening hand tools were ergonomically-designed and this is something noticeable with its contoured-shape handles, made to fit your hands perfectly. These ergonomic handles are complemented with a spring loaded with a shock-absorbing cushion, reducing wrist strain and hand fatigue whenever you do a cut through your flowers, vines, shrubs, or fruit trees. Its solid yet lightweight forged aluminum construction gives users a more comfortable pruning experience, so any sore feeling you previously experienced when your prune with plain straight or thinner handles are no longer felt after each session. Moreover, one of our PRO models have an inclined cutting head that keeps the wrist in a neutral position, a useful design for gardeners who perform extensive pruning.
Here at Haus & Garten, we recognize the different needs and demands that any gardener need for their specific pruning tasks. Below, we provided a brief description of each pruner model that best fits your different needs and that includes; intensive day-to-day pruning, prolonged heavy use and light detailed precision work; all of which are thoughtfully designed to ensure you'll get the performance, optimal comfort, and durability that will allow you to enjoy pruning just like Greg did.
ClassicPRO - These heavy-duty hand pruners are your choice when dealing with the toughest gardening challenges and for more general and heavy pruning, as they have a smooth and precise cutting performance, and are designed to deliver maximum force with minimum pressure required. A universal pruner made for people with medium to large hand size, it has a cutting capacity of 1 inch, paired with a straight-angled head.
EnduroPRO - Ergonomically-designed for optimum comfort, this bypass pruner is shaped to neutralize wrist bending, as its vertical inclination puts your hand and wrist in a neutral position whenever you prune, reducing wrist injuries and hand fatigue. The contoured-shaped handles are easy-to-grip and much more comfortable to use during long hours of pruning, with its inclined-angled head improving maneuverability, especially when dealing with dense plants.
PrecisionPRO - These compact pruners are meant for everyday light pruning and better maneuverability in tight spaces of dense plants, built for smaller to medium hands, with a cutting capacity of 0.8 inch and a slightly inclined-angled head.
With all of the great features and benefits it offers, why would you want to call your gardener to do your pruning when you can do it yourself? Instead of paying $50/hr for a professional gardener or $400 for a tree pruning service, invest in a set of high-quality gardening hand tools and save more! You’ll be surprised at how easy and enjoyable it can be when done with the right tool!
At Haus & Garten, if you’re not happy with what we promise, there’s a money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose, but like so many previous customers, I’m sure you’ll love our PRO line of Bypass Pruning Shears.