Winter And Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

W. Blocton, AL
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Question by charliwolf2
October 31, 1999
What can I do in order to winter over a tropical hibiscus in my yard? I can?t dig it up and bring it in. Our central Alabama winters are not usually very harsh, but we do have a few weeks of sub-freezing weather. I've been told to trim it back and mulch it deeply. Will it hurt it if I trim it now?

Answer from NGA
October 31, 1999
Trimming won't hurt it. The deep mulch will help protect the base of the plant so that even if the top freezes there is a chance the roots and lower trunk will survive to resprout.

A better insurance policy is to cover the plant and provide a source of heat on a cold winter night. A string of outdoor Christmas lights or a couple of indoor light bulbs is often enough heat to make the difference underneath the cover. Just take the necessary precautions to prevent a fire hazard or a short if the weather should turn wet.

Good luck with your hibiscus!

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