Cutting back lady baltimores

We cut down the plant and only left about 10" of stalk. This was done in early winter. We had no idea that the plant was a Lady Baltimore, so we did not know pruning protocol. Did we kill the plant or will it sprout and come back? It was such a beautiful plant. Thank you
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. No worries --- once Lady Baltimore hibiscus dies to the ground in late fall, you can cut it back at any time without hurting it. This plant is an herbaceous perennial, meaning it grows new stems from the roots every year. So it's actually best to cut it to the ground when the stems die.

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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