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Old 01-28-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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Default Time to Trim Hibiscus & Crepe Myrtles?

Wondering how soon we could trim back the hibiscus & the crepe myrtles? After we got that hard freeze, our hibiscus look awfully scraggly, and we want to get the house looking good again.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:54 AM
 
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I've seen crepe myrtles gotten trimmed in December.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Leave everything be until the end of Feb when all threat of another freeze is gone, actually the stuff that was affected by the freeze will help protect the other parts should we get another freeze.
I know it looks messy but if you look around so does everyone else's
You can do some selective trimming on the Crepe Myrtles by removing the sucker shoots and any branches that are rubbing, also remove the seed pods.
There is no need to do the drastic cutting back of the Crepe Myrtles(we call it Crepe murder) that you will see as you drive around.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Deerwood
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The newspaper calendar for gardening says in March-prune any cold-weather damaged plants after the new growth appears. If the plant is pruned before the new growth begins, too much may be removed, and it will take longer to recover.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Deerwood
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We were typing at the same time.. yeah..same thing Karla said.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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ok, this is very helpful. But I wanted to cut the hibiscus way back, because it is nearly as high as the eaves of our house, and I wanted them to get fat, not high. If I wait until new growth, I won't be able to cut them that far back, no?
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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The newspaper calendar for gardening says in March-prune any cold-weather damaged plants after the new growth appears. If the plant is pruned before the new growth begins, too much may be removed, and it will take longer to recover.
This is the thing I forgot great advise ryde


agreatlife I had hibiscus freeze down almost to the ground one year and they came back nicely.
This is one plant that you can "whack" and it will not kill it.


Also remember with the wacky weather we have been having 40's one day 70's the next if you prune now and we get a warm spell it will send out new growth then you just know a freeze will follow and really cause some damage to the new tender shoots

Just be patient
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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I was about to give my hibiscus a good hair cut. Thanks for the advice. You all just saved him from the next freeze that I doubt happens.lol My hibiscus is 10 foot tall. And not one green leaf. : ( Oh yeah and its sits in the front yard for everyone to see. Put it there because I thought it was an evergreen. What to do know with the sticks in the front yard?
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Can we still trim our crepes? It's mid April
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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we moved down not long ago and the plamnst in opur yard had died bc of the cold and one wasa hibiscus!!! its dead for sure and needs to be dug out
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