Saving My Hibiscus For Next Year

Q: I have a Hibiscus which was given to me as a gift and bloomed beautifully all summer. Now the blooms are gone and it does well while it is outside but if I bring it in the house, all the leaves fall off and it looks awful. Is there anyway to save it so I can enjoy the blooms next summer? I know it only blooms in warm weather and shouldn't be left outside in the winter.

Debbie Warfield

A: Debbie,

To bring a hibiscus in for the winter, while causing it the least amount of stress, you need to try and acclimate it to its new conditions for a few weeks before moving it permanently for the season. You can do this by letting it spend 2-3 hours each day in the location you plan to keep it over winter. Gradually increase the amount of time it spends inside over a few weeks until you're keeping it inside longer than outside.

Tropical hibiscuses don't go dormant in winter. This means they will do better over-winter if they receive more light, moist soil and normal feedings (although give them only 1/2 strength food if you're keeping them in darker rooms).

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October 26, 20040 found this helpful

Cut it back and put it in a cool room with decent light and water it very sparsely. Next spring, put it outdoors and feed it and stand back!

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October 29, 20040 found this helpful

Hi Debbie,

You don't say where you live, but if you are in a warm zone you might be able to keep it outdoors. This will help you to tell if your hibiscus is tropical or hardy.

Here's a couple of sites that should be helpful.

Here's a zip code zone finder in case you aren't sure of your zone.


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