Alma from Delaware
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.
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I bought a Hibiscus plant this summer and potted it in a large container. Will it be okay to leave it outdoors during the winter months or will I have to drag this large pot into my garage and cover it with a tarp or something. Bring ing it indoors for the winter is out of the question.
We bought a house over the winter and the backyard has six hibiscus plants that look like
dead shrubs...is there any hope that they are in
some kind of winter state, or are they probably gone for good. We are in Arkansas and have had a pretty mild winter, but there have been freezing temps. Will I be digging up and replanting, or is there any hope at all?
I repotted two beautiful hibicus plants that had deep shiny green leaves all winter while indoors. I moved them outside and left on a business trip. We had a horrible week of rain. Now, all of the leaves turned yellow and fell off. Did I kill the plants? OR will they return? Help!
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