Wintering Hardy Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, MN
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Question by odking
September 15, 1999
I have hibiscus. I also live in Minnesota. Last summer they were just sticks, but they had a little tinge of green to them. Someone told me they covered their hibiscus like roses and they came back year after year. Since my hibiscus were just sticks I figured I had nothing to loose by trying. It worked. I had 4-1/2 foot tall hibiscus this summer. The blooms were fabulous. My question is: Now that my hibiscus are real flowering plants, how do I prepare them for a Minnesota winter. Do I cut them down and pack them like I did last year? Do I pack them the best I can for winter and cut them down in the spring?

Answer from NGA
September 15, 1999
Basically, do the same thing you did last year. Wait for frost to kill back the tops, then remove the old stalks. Mulch heavily. In spring, remove the mulch as the weather warms and wait for them to re-emerge. These tend to come up very late in the spring as a rule, so you might want to mark their location now so you will know where they are next year.

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