The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus in Michigan

Question: I read all the suggestions for hibiscus care. i allready have a hibiscus plant that I recently planted outside. I really don't want to deal with the hassle of digging it up and bringing it inside of the house. Is it better to dig it up and bring it in the house or leave it outside and do something to protect it from the cold? And if its better to bring it in for the winter, how do I go about digging it up safely? Or if there is a simpler way of keeping it outside what is the best way to protect it?

Answer: I assume you are referring to tropical hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It doesn't withstand temps. that drop below 30 degrees F and will need to come indoors. Typically, it would be grown in a container and moved back and forth, not planted and dug, which is indeed a hassle. It would also be more stressful for the plant, damaging the root system. In spring, slowly ?harden off? or acclimate your plant to moving back outdoors by putting it outside in a sheltered location for a couple hours at a time, gradually increasing the time period. In fall, do that in reverse, rather than abruptly moving from outside to inside, which will help lessen the shock. I hope this info helps!

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