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When should you prune ruellia brittoniana? Can you cut to the ground? I live in florida. Thanks, Joyce

when should you prune ruellia brittoniana? Can you cut to the ground? I  live in florida. Thanks, Joyce

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Depending on where you live in FL not plants or shrubs should be cut back

until the end of March or after the last freeze

Thanks Walter, I live in Clearwater, Fl. Joyce

Joyce I hope the answer will help you. I should have asked wether the plant

is inside or out.

Hi Walter, My plant is outside. It is about three feet tall and has lost most of it leaves. That is why I would like to cut it at least half off, but am afraid it may not get new leaves or blooms. Thanks, Joyce

you can cut back to main leaving or a 6" stock and the plant will be back in

2 to 3 weeks. there is also a very good web site if you have a computer

just type in ruellia brittoniana.

walter

Mine grow to almost 4 feet every year hear in Virgina. I cut  down at the ground after the first freeze, but last winter just before the first freeze I took the top 2.5 foot cuttings of a few and placed them in a vase of water inside. During the first couple weeks many leaves fell off and they looked wilted. 10 weeks later they look great and have grown a fair amount of roots. Today I planted them in dirt. When some of them wilted they were too heavy and bent into a kink. Next fall i will do the same for the whole garden and have lots of new starts for the following year, But I will cut them at 2 feet or use support sticks. A few new shoots come up every but I would not call it invasive. 

 

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