The Q&A Archives: Empire Hibiscus

Question: I just purchased an Empire Hibiscus. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the Heat Tolereance zone was 3-12 and the Minimum temperature can only go as low as 30 to 40 degrees. I live in New York and the winters here can be cold--colder than 30 degrees. Is there anyway I could preserve the Empire Hibiscus over the winter without digging it up? For example, could I wrap the tree as you would wrap a fig tree. Please advise me if there is a way to keep the tree alive over the winter.

Answer: Unfortunately there is absolutely no way to protect it outdoors in your cold winter climate -- unless you build a heated greenhouse on top of it, but that would be the equivalent of bringing it indoors. If you just planted it in the past few days, you could dig it up and pot it up now and then bring it indoors as a houseplant this winter. I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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