hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Port Chester, Ne
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Question by eve28paul
October 15, 2009
I have a hibiscus plant which is big, but this past summer didn't produce any flowers, because I pruned it, the leaves came back, and I transplanted to a bigger pot, and it's inside the house for the winter, from now on how do I care about

Answer from NGA
October 15, 2009
The plant will go through an adjustment phase when you take it indoors where the temperature is different and there's lower light intensity than it is used to. It will adjust but it will probably lose some leaves. Take it indoors, but do it gradually over a period of several days by bringing in at night and taking it out during the day so it can adjust to the temperature differences). Put it in a bright spot without direct sunshine, keep the soil moist but not soggy wet, and mist the leaves occasionally. Flowering will stop in the winter and you can cut back the stems by 1/3 to help keep the plant bushy. Supplemental lighting may be necessary if the area is dark. Gro lights or even a bank of shop lights can help. Keep the lights on 12-14 hours a day. In the spring, when the nighttime temperatures remain above 55F you can take your plant outside again.

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