The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Hibiscus?

Question: Is there a dwarf variety of hibiscus plants?

Answer: You may be able to find plants in a nursery labeled "dwarf hibiscus", but you'll want to proceed with caution; there are no true dwarf hibiscus plants. Those dwarf hibiscus plants are not smaller growing by nature ? that is, they are not genetically dwarf. Instead, these are standard-size hibiscus plants that have been treated with plant growth regulators. Eventually, the treatment will wear off (it generally lasts about one growing season), and the plants will begin to grow at their normal rate. At that time, you'd need to move them to a location where a larger plant would be appropriate.

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