The Q&A Archives: Repotting Hibiscus

Question: I have a hisbiscus that has been flowering for three years now. However, the blooms are few and they come in spurts. I put the plant out in the spring and bring it in when the temps drop below 50 in the fall. I have repotted it twice and both times the root seems to be coming up and wrapping aroung the plant at the top. I have planted it in a larger pot this time and it just seems to spread out. Should I repot it in a much larger pot or should I try to plant it in the yard? I live in zone 7 and although I am told it cannot tolerate our winters here, I have seen other hibiscus growing in neighbors' yards. I do not know what kind of hibiscus I have.

Answer: There are many types of hibiscus, so unless you know it will survive your winters, I wouldn't recommend planting it outdoors. Try it in a deeper pot, but plant it at the same level it currently is. You can also trim back the roots if they are excessive. Use a sharp tool and make a clean, smooth cut. To promote blooms, fertilize with a phosphorus source.

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