The Q&A Archives: My hisbuscus did not/is not flowering.

Question: I purchased a hibuscus plant spring of 2007 and placed it on my deck outside. It did well and flowered all summer. I brought the plant in the house for winter and it went through a little shock but stayed alive. It did not flower in the house in the winter. This spring I moved the plant back outside and it again went through a little shock but then picked up and has grown quite a bit; only no flowers bloomed at all. I have not trimmed the plant. I just water it and periodically give it some miracle grow plant food. Any ideas?

Answer: What you've done for your tropical hibiscus is perfect - in terms of wintering it indoors. Hibiscus can be pruned back hard after being taken back outdoors in the spring and as long as it gets plenty of sunshine, the new growth should flower. Hibiscus needs heat and sunshine in order to bloom so next spring when you take it back outdoors, place it in a shady spot until new growth begins, then prune it back and set it in a sunny spot. The new stems and foliage will be able to stand the hot summer sun and you should get flowers next summer. Hope so!

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