9 Must-Know Tips for Pruning Hibiscus Plants

Identify Your Hibiscus

Determine your hibiscus type. Different types require different pruning methods, so know yours.

Remove Dead, Damaged, or Diseased Stems Promptly

A clean set of pruners can remove dead, damaged, or diseased wood from any hibiscus at any time. Removing diseased stems helps prevent its spread.

Prune Rose Mallow in Spring

Hibiscus rose mallow is very low-maintenance. It dies to ground level each winter. Cut off dead stems in April. Late spring brings new stems from the root system. 

Cut Back Rose of Sharon in Late Winter

Late winter pruning of rose of Sharon before leaves appear creates a vigorous landscape shrub. 

Tame Overgrown Rose of Sharon in Spring

Rose of Sharon can handle vigorous trimming. Cut an overgrown shrub's branches in half in early spring. 

Prune Tropical Hibiscus in Spring

Pruning is ideal after moving the plant to a sunny outdoor setting. Tropical hibiscus often look ragged after a long winter indoors.

Fertilize Tropical Hibiscus After Pruning

Tropical hibiscus needs fertilizer after pruning. Use half-strength 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer on plants. 

Water Well After Pruning

Water is necessary for healthy growth, and pruning stimulates growth. Water pruned hibiscus well.

Avoid Pruning in Summer

Rose mallow, tropical hibiscus, and rose of Sharon bloom on fresh growth.