Re: Hibiscus Tree overgrowing pot

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Posted by Newt on May 04, 2003 at 00:01:59:

In Reply to: Hibiscus Tree overgrowing pot posted by Teresa on April 30, 2003 at 15:19:44:

: I have a 4 year old Hibuscus Tree and it is outgrowing the barrel that it is planted in (it's 7 feet tall now). Do you have any idea what else I could plant it in and still be able to move it outdoors in the Spring and indoors in the fall? I can see it's roots at the top of the soil and I would hate for anything to happen to this beauty. (I'm in the Chicagoland area, so planting outside seems to be out of the question).

: Thanks - Teresa

Hi Teresa,

You could root prune the tree so you could keep it in the same barrel. This especially works well if you've pruned the top growth as well. Take a look at this site, especially 'Shrubs in Tubs'.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/pruning/pruning_shrubs/pruning_shrubs1.shtml

If you don't have the courage to do it, you should be able to find a reputable nursery that would do it for a fee.

Good luck,
Newt

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