Winter Care for Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by MGordon529
November 10, 1997
I acquired a hibiscus in September; it was blooming beautifully, with little care. I moved the plant into my heated back porch (approx. 65 degrees) before the first frost. It was doing very well until a couple of weeks ago. Some of the bottom leaves have turned yellow and are dropping off and the green leaves look droopy. What is the best way I can care for my hibiscus during the winter months?


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Answer from NGA
November 10, 1997

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Are you giving the plant enough water? Hibiscus are particular about getting the right amount of water. If they don't get enough, the leaves will begin to droop. Fortunately, they usually perk up quickly after watering. Often what will happen is thata few days after they've wilted then perked up, a few of the older leaves will turn yellow--sort of a delayed reaction to the lack of water.

Hibiscus like bright light, preferably with some direct sun. The more sun it gets, the more often it will need to be watered. Check your plant every few days and water to keep the soil evenly moist. It is a tropical plant, so you won't want to let it get too cool, but 65 degrees should be plenty warm. Ideal temperatures are around 70 during the day, 60 at night.

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