How to Trim a Hibiscus Tree


The lovely hibiscus is a plant that grows rapidly with lots of blooms and vegetation. These plants need occasional pruning, some in the late summer and early fall, most in late spring. Pruning regularly will encourage future growth and more blossoms. There are some key things to keep in mind when pruning a hibiscus to make sure you do it correctly.

Step 1

Wear work gloves to protect your hands from brambles or thorns. Prune off any dead, broken or diseased growth in late summer and early fall, cutting them with the pruning shears back to the base of the plant.

Step 2

Examine the hibiscus plant in late spring and prune back any diseased, broken or dead branches first, cut back all the way to the base.

Step 3

Prune all hibiscus branches about 1/3 of the way back above the nearest node. Make sure each branch has two to three nodes left after pruning.

Step 4

Prune back any branches that are growing in crowded areas or at awkward angles. If they are growing straight up, or into the center of the plant, prune them back. Also thin out overcrowded areas so sunshine and air circulation can reach the center of the hibiscus.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Work gloves


  • Hibiscus Plant Care
  • Pruning Hibiscus
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