Hibicus wintering - Knowledgebase Question

oakwood hills, Il
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Question by rgurak
October 14, 2010
We have a number of Hibicus (we think they are tropical types) plants that we bought at Home Depot in separate deck pots. How can we save these from the winter? Will they bloom next year? We live in northwest chicago area. Thanks
Ron and Eileen

Answer from NGA
October 14, 2010
Tropical hibiscus is not tolerant of freezing temperatures so you'll need to take your plants indoors this fall and winter them over inside. If they are large you can prune them back to a more manageable size prior to taking them indoors. Once inside, place them in a bright spot or near a sunny window and water them when the top half inch of soil dries out. They may not flower for you indoors, but they should survive and you can take them back outdoors in the spring when the weather warms. Best wishes with your hibiscus!

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