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Topic by countrygal posted 04-14-2015 02:20 PM 2982 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2015 02:20 PM

I still have my 2 tropical hibiscus standards,which are still in the same pots.I have been researching about repotting these and wondered if you ever root prune yours,or even recommend doing so.I want them to stay in the same pots as they work so nicely when bringing into the winter space indoors.I ask because I have read you can and some say you can’t as they don’t like it, so thought I would check with you before making the decision.The soil in the pots now seems very compacted and thought they might like some new soil.Thanks for any advice on this.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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04-14-2015 09:50 PM

Hi Countrygal

I did root prune my 29 year old tropical 2 years ago, and they survived well. Kept them in the same pot also. I only pruned off the bottom couple of inches though. Adding new soil and oxygen usually works well.

I’ll be repotting many of mine this year. I also am in the process of making a cloning machine so I can clone several of my unique ones using cuttings. Some of them I found to be difficult to get cuttings rooted, so hence the more aggressive technology.

I wish you well with your gardens this year. Do you still have your brugmansia plants? It won’t be too long before I have to start getting mine acclimatized for outdoors. Always a lot of work, but now that I am retired ( again ), it shouldn’t be too difficult.

I saw honey bees the other day on my snowdrops. That is a good sign. Last year, I did not see any until the mid autumn. Hopefully, there are some good colonies that have survived the nasty winter we had.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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04-14-2015 11:51 PM

Thanks John,I knew if anyone had tried this it would be you.I will go ahead with mine then.I have no Brugs left,gave them all away.I have moved from the country to town,almost a year ago and this house has a very small yard and not much garden space.I have limited space for overwintering plants indoors also,so the Brugs had to go.I did buy a small GH for my yard, so this year I will be growing all summer inside and around it using containers,so will be a learning experience for sure.
I wish you a great gardening year also,and will look forward to hearing how cloning your Hibiscus goes.Thanks again.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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