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October 15, 2009

I bought a hibiscus for the first time this year. It was so beautiful all summer. Many, many blooms. It is still blooming, but I brought it inside and put it in my bathroom. Now it is losing its leaves. There are still lots of buds and it is blooming, but losing its leaves. Should I put it back outside and cover it up so it doesn't freeze? I really want to save it. Thank you.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By carole from Burtchville, MI


October 19, 20090 found this helpful

Wow. I didn't know you could leave them all winter without watering. Will this work with other tender perennials that are not winter hardy?

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know about the other perennials, but my neighbor has her hibiscus all bundled up with gunny sacks. Some places do have master gardeners you can call.


I should have checked with the nurseries about my hibiscus. I have it in my bathroom and someone said it will lose some leaves because of the temperature change and coming indoors. Good luck on the perennials.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

Carole, it depends on whether you have a hardy hibiscus or not. If it is hardy, I just mulch around it but if it isn't, then you have to bring it in. I think it is normal for it to lose a few leaves. I don't water mine much inside either.; kind of let it go dormant. Then when you bring it out in the spring after the temps are consistently above 50 degrees and fertilize it, it will take off. Good luck.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

Is the plant you call the Hibiscus a Marshmallow plant (Althae officinalis) marsh mallow (plant), perennial herbaceous plant of the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae)? I grew the Marshmallow plant in my Ct. home and it did fine through the winter.I did put burlap around it to prevent it from wind burn.


The plant can take cold weather but the wind will dehydrate the plant, this is what causes the real damage. Now the Hibiscus I grow in my Fla. winter home, can not take the snow and ice. I would talk to the nursery folks where you bought that plant. jjs

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

I read on the internet that you can should prune your hibiscus and then put burlap around it for the winter time. I just got bought one from someones yard sale and I am going to do this myself, I think it would be a drag to dig it up every year and then put it back in the ground in the spring time. I want easy! By the way you can find out just about anything on google or just in your search area. That's how I found this out. Hope this helps you. Linda

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

My neighbor here in zone 4 does nothing with her plant. It gets to be about 6 feet in the summer.


She is not a plant person, and so I was surprised it came back. This is the 2nd season of it. Flowers the size of luncheon plates.

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October 24, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you everyone that wrote their suggestions for my hibiscus plant. I think that every garden should have one and I am going to get another in the spring. They have very large blooms and mine is a peach color. The flowers change a different color as the season goes. Now mine is yellow. It is gorgeous. I would like to get another for my deck but I know last year it didn't like all sun. It kind of wilted so I put it partially under a willow tree and it bloomed a lot. I figure that it had about 100 blooms on it this year. It is only 3-4 feet tall. They are gorgeous. Thanks again, Carole

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July 10, 20170 found this helpful

I don't do a thing for any of my four, when they look like they are dying I just cut them almost to the ground. I leave them about 3 inches up so I can tell where they are come late spring.They come up more beautiful each year.I live in Michigan and we get lots of snow and cold weather.

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

I have a Hibiscus that I bring inside for the winter. This is my second year bringing it in. My problem is it starts to lose it's leaves and I don't know how to keep it healthy looking, could you advise? Thanks.


Hardiness Zone: 3b

Mary Kay from Sun Prairie


Hibiscus Losing Leaves

Stop watering the Hibiscus to force it into dormancy. Put it in the basement or in a corner in your bedroom and forget about it until spring. When spring arrives bring it outside after danger of frost. Water it really good with the hose. Then water and fertilize it with 1 T Miracle Gro and 1 T Epsom Salts in 1 gallon of water. It will take a while for leaves to appear, but it will grow big and produce tons of blooms.

I did this with a braided Hibiscus last year and this summer it was enormous and gorgeous with Lipstick Red and Tangerine double blooms. I may have to cut it back to get it through the door for the winter. I'll do the same thing again this year. (11/13/2008)

By Linda

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