Hybiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Coplay, PA
Question by babac
October 26, 1999
Hello, Could you please send me information or a site address where I can find out how to tend for Hibiscus when you bring them in for the winter. I live in eastern PA, and I have recently brought 8 potted Hybiscus indoors. Now I need instructions on how to keep them alive for the winter. Hope you can help me and Thank You. Donnamaria


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Answer from NGA
October 26, 1999

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If the following does not answer all of your questions as the sason progresses, a quick search of the Q&A database for hibiscus should yield lots of information. Ideally, in mid fall you would check your plant all over for pests and then gradually begin acclimating it to the lower light levels it will have indoors. Move it gradually to a shadier location but do not leave it outside when temperatures drop below about fifty. Then move it indoors to the sunniest spot you have. Keep it out of drafts and keep the humidity around it high if possible. Expect some yellowing of leaves in protest of the move. Reduce watering and fertilizing as the plant's growth slows. In spring, reverse the process to reacclimate it to the outdoors. Good luck with all your plants!

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