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Registered: ‎03-27-2010

Need Advice on keeping hardy hibiscus upright

I have 3 hardy hibiscus planted in the ground. This will be their 3rd year. Last year they went over 6 feet tall but i'm expecting an even larger show this year as I've been using Roberta's fertilizer and micronutrients. Good stuff by the way.

Anyhow, I know they are at least a month out from blooming but they are already close to 4 feet tall and some of the branches are already too heavy and starting to fall over to the ground. I tried staking them last year but you can really only get the main stalks that way. What happened after I staked them is that the smaller branches started to get 3 or more blooms each and when the flowers opened, the branches could not stand the weight and broke off the main plant.

Anyone have any idea what I can do to get out in front of this problem this year?