The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis

Question: I recently purchased 2 Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis shrubs and did some research about them and found that they do not like the cold. I live in an area where the winter can get below freezing. Did I make a bad purchase? Should I return them? I have not yet planted them because I do not know what to do.

Thank You,
Jen M.

Answer: Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis is the tropical or Chinese form of hibiscus. It has glossy leaves and fantastic flowers. It is a tender plant and while it can grow outdoors on the patio or deck, it cannot live through freezing winter temperatures and therefore should be taken indoors in the fall. If you'd rather not grow it as a houseplant during the winter months, consider it an annual rather than a perennial. Or return it for something more winter hardy. Best wishes with your garden.

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