Please help me identify and care for this hibiscus plant. Is it tropical or hardy? How do I care for it in the winter? Thanks and God's Blessings.
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Samtillman from Augusta ,GA
With proper care, you can see blooms from spring to fall for 20 years or more! Here are some general tips for caring for your hibiscus:
During the winter months, your hibiscus needs a rest period. Keep it indoors at a temperature of 55°F-65°F. Place it in a location where it has access to some direct sunlight, but don't fertilize again until spring and water only enough to keep it from drying out.
Prune the branches in the spring to within 6-7 inches of the base. Hibiscuses don't like to be root bound so repot yours if necessary. You can resume fertilizing it at this time (follow manufacturer's directions) and move it to a sunny location outside. You can either transplant it to a bed, or leave it right in the pot (more convenient). Try to keep the plant moist at all times during the active season and mist the leaves occasionally to create humidity. good luck.
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