The Q&A Archives: Getting Wintered Over Hibiscus To Bloom

Question: I have some small hibiscus (sold as annuals when I bought them) that wintered over. They are putting on foliage. Will they bloom? What can I do ensure the blooming?

Answer: Congratulations! If your hibiscus are actually a perennials that were sold as annuals, then they should reward you with bloom if you repot or plant them in fresh soil, keep the soil in their pots (or beds) evenly moist (mulch helps). Choose a flowering plant food, and feed your hibiscus according to the fertilizer label, or use a slow-release plant food. They may also benefit from some trimming if the branches are straggly and floppy.

You can read more about the care of hardy, perennial hibiscus at

To read more about perennial hibiscus that do very well in Texas, go to the Texas A&M Web site at


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