Pruning hibiscus plants 21st feb

Hibiscuswere the first plants I bought for my lizard garden as they can eat the leaves and flowers, I bought a ready to plant root from Woolworths a few years ago and added another four a year later.  These are great because they don’t need much looking after and produce loads of leaves and huge flowers all summer. I have also found that you can freeze these leaves, but once defrosted you must ensure they eaten by the lizard as soon as possible otherwise they turn to mush.

Now the risk of frost has lessened I have pruned all the twiggy stems back as far as possible, as in the summer all the pruned twigs will produce new growth.

Pruned hibiscus

Pruned hibiscus

These are planted in a homemade container made from some plywood and a few bits of off-cut wood which make the corner struts, then filled with good quality compost.  Each spring they are pruned right back and given a new layer of mulch, this year I also added some wood chippings to try and keep the  neighbours cats off, as they try to use this as a toilet, but putting a trellis border around the container and another trellis over the top, seems to have kept them at bay.

It is hard to keep the cats away without using any of the chemical and expensive electronic repellents, but as I want to be organic and cost effective, the trellis and chasing them off armed with a water spray seems to working so far.

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2 Comments »

  1. burstmode said

    I picked up your blog when I was tag surfing. I grew up in the tropics and hibiscus was everywhere. We used to pull the flowers off and in the little cup that remained was a sweet liquid that we drank. It was only a drop but it was very sweet.
    Anyway, unusual blog, please keep up the photos.

    • iguanagirl77 said

      Thanks for your comment I am new to blogging so I’m very pleased, I can’t wait until the summer when all five Hibiscus are in full bloom, they are UK varieties, will look great and attract bees to the garden.

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