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by eliz19 on December 06, 2004 04:24 PM
I wasn't sure if I should post this as a response to Sandy's Hibiscus message since it's somewhat related. (I'm new both to these boards and to gardening). Anyway, my question is, can a hibiscus be brought back from the dead? The previous owner of our house left us a potted hibiscus. I left it outside through several frosts because I thought it was an annual (told you I was new to gardening!). It definitely looks dead (leaves dried and shriveled, etc.) There's no way to "resurrect" it by severe pruning or making a cutting, etc., is there? I can post a picture to show its condition if that would help. Thanks so much!
by suzydaze on December 06, 2004 05:00 PM
my hibiscus died back to the ground every year. I was afraid the first year that they had died, but they came back up from the roots. Now the old stems were atill dead and I cut those back once I was sure they were not going to green up. This year they are much taller, don't know if they will die back all the way to the ground or just drop their leaves. I am in a different zone then you are. And a hibiscus is a tropical.

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by weezie13 on December 06, 2004 05:27 PM
Do you happen to know what kind of hibiscus you have???
Eliz,

There's the tropical kind,
IF it's that, I am not sure??

IF it's the kind that's like a bulb that dies to the ground every year, it should return..

IF it's the tree like form, it should be
fine again in LATE spring/early summer!!!

Weezie

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by weezie13 on December 06, 2004 05:28 PM
quote:
I can post a picture to show its condition if that would help.
That would be extremely helpful to see
what kind you have!!!!
Please and Thank~You!!!

Weezie

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by eliz19 on December 06, 2004 07:20 PM
I don't know what kind of hibiscus it is, but here are some pictures. Hopefully someone can tell! I forget if I mentioned that it was potted, I'm not sure if that means anything. When it was in bloom this summer, it had reddish-orange flowers that were just solid, no speckles or much shading. I tried to show in the first picture that it has a woody stem/trunk and branches.  -
And here is a close-up of the leaves.
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Elizabeth
by Dixie Angel on December 06, 2004 07:39 PM
That is what my two hibiscus shrubs/trees look like now. I think they are dying back for the winter. I normally cut mine all the way back to the ground in the Winter, and they come back to life in the Spring.

Dianna

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by weezie13 on December 06, 2004 07:49 PM
Eliz,
quote:
IF it's the tree like form, it should be
fine again in LATE spring/early summer!!!

Yours is the tree form..

Shouldn't be a problem...

What I might do if it were mine.....
is find a Southern exposure area next to the house... put the pot and all on the ground there.
Then I would get some chopped up leaves, (If you dont' have any, try your town compost pile, they should have some mulched stuff there.)
And spread it around the base of the plant/pot..
Only up to the pot level, don't really put it on top of the tree stem, that only invites pests and disease's to over winter on or too close to your tree...

I am a zone 5 here in Western New York, and mine that I have of the tree form hibiscus, doesn't leaf out until very, very late....
You will think it's dead for a long time.......
I did [Embarrassed] thought I'd killed mine the first winter.
but they leave out late...
*A quick little test if you start to get scared that you killed it, is come spring time around May, clip part of the ends off of one branch, taking as little as possible, but some of the ends may die too, but cut a snip off, and see if the interior of the branch is tan and green ring around just under the bark.. if there is, it'll be coming soon....

As long as you keep the base of the pot out of the winter weather/wind and even if you can keep it covered with snow, even reappling it if it melts off, will keep it insulated....

Usually what kills a plant in a pot is cold winter winds and then a thaw, then more freezing wind/weather and then a thaw, it's the roots can't take the up and down part...

Hope this helps a little and if I"ve confused you, please don't hesitate to ask further, some times I get a little lost in my explainations, and my typing fingers [Roll Eyes] [Embarrassed] [Wink] [Big Grin]

Weezie

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by weezie13 on December 06, 2004 08:19 PM
Dianna,
You cut your tree form ones down????

This is the tree form of Hibiscus I have...
Rose of Sharon

I never cut mine, unless a branch died over winter or to shape a bit...
Usually the tree form don't require much pruning..

Do you have the tree or the one that dies back to the ground and leaves hollow canes in the fall/winter and re~pokes up thru the dirt in the spring time???

Weezie

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by suzydaze on December 06, 2004 08:20 PM
that's what mine look like too, but they are in the ground. I have some that are3 years old and some that are a year old. Both will probably dye back and I'll trim all the way back to the ground.

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by weezie13 on December 06, 2004 09:09 PM
I would love to see pictures from both of you!!!

Usually the tree forms don't get pruned much.
The other one style dies right to the ground, and is not a TREE or Branch form, but hollow stems...
And can have 5, 6, 7 canes coming out from the ground area....

And it always regrows back for you from the stump??
Or coming out of the ground????

Weezie

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by suzydaze on December 06, 2004 11:25 PM
I'll see if I can get one, fog just rolled in thick as your leg here, but I might have one with blooms in my folder, I'll see

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by Dixie Angel on December 06, 2004 11:56 PM
Yes, Weezie, all the way to the ground. I don't know if it is supposed to be a shrub or a tree, but it looks like what she posted. I don't have a pic of mine, but I will see if I can post one later. I have to wait til my fiance' gets home and shows me how to do the picture thing.

Dianna

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by weezie13 on December 07, 2004 12:12 AM
I would sincerely appreciate seeing the
pictures if you both have them!!! [kissies] [kissies]
I am just soooooooo curious?????

Weezie

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by suzydaze on December 07, 2004 03:52 PM
okay here's mine, I'll try and find a different picture later, this is the ones I planted this year, this past spring  -

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by mom54 on December 07, 2004 09:37 PM
I have a Rose of Sharon. You can prune them where you want to. I cut mine back about 1/3 of the way early in the spring. I want mine to become a shrub. I have both singles and a double. I propogate the cuttings. They are very easy to root. I just put mine in a pot of good mix and in a few months, you have a good start. The colors I have are white,light pink, dark pink, and purple. Some people consider them a weed, as they do self sow!!!!! I like them a lot!!!! [thumb]

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