hibiscus, tree form, 12" pot, 4' high - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
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Question by larrykoshio
November 13, 2009
this thing is goofy. lots of blooms all summer, lots of leaf loss. now it's outside yet, and no blooms, (been mild here), but i have new growth of stems and leaves. you can buy these here in spring for 20 or 30 $, but can i overwinter it? thanx, l.koshiol

Answer from NGA
November 13, 2009
Heat and sunlight encourage flowers so even though the weather has been mild enough for it to remain outdoors, it probably hasn't been hot enough to encourage new flowers. Tropical hibiscus are evergreen but they do eventually lose their oldest leaves - usually those in the center and lower down on the plant. This leaf loss is normal and new leaves generally appear within a week or two. I'd take the plant indoors now before the weather gets too cold. Expect leaf loss as it acclimates to the lower light levels indoors. Keep it in a bright place, away from heater vents or drafts and water it when the top of the soil begins to dry out. Don't expect flowering or a lot of growth while it is indoors. It will make up for lost time when you take it back outdoors next spring. Enjoy your hibiscus tree!

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