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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Dec 1, 2016 8:13 PM CST
Has anyone ever grown a hibiscus.as a houseplant? If so would love any tips or advice on growing one (or a few) thank you for any help with this.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 1, 2016 9:59 PM CST
I have. I put them outside in full sun for the summer. Lots of water and lots of fertilizer. In the fall when the temps start to drop, I bring them in. They don't go dormant and will freeze at about 60 degrees and they hate drafts.

Winter house temps are fine but they still need full sun and water (maybe a little less than summer). They will bloom all winter if they are happy. I keep mine in a sunroom. Blooms are on old growth - I prune in the fall so they will fit back into the house but I am losing late winter, early spring flowers that way.

I am slowly replacing my regular size plants with ones that are of a smaller stature so I don't have to do all that pruning and lose the flowers.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Dec 1, 2016 10:42 PM CST
DaisyI said: They don't go dormant and will freeze at about 60 degrees and they hate drafts.

How can a plant freeze at 60 degrees?
They are grown outside here and we have regular temps in the 30's with several days at 32 are below.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 1, 2016 10:49 PM CST
I think Colleen and Daisy are talking about the tropical hibiscus. They go into a bad decline under 60 degrees F. I also used to bring them in. I have a sun room where they get some good light. They keep on blooming all winter and then go back outside for the summer.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Dec 2, 2016 6:45 AM CST
plantmanager said:I think Colleen and Daisy are talking about the tropical hibiscus.


I'm was talking about tropicals also. I just thought it was odd to say they would "freeze" at a temperature almost 30 degrees above freezing. My tropical Hibiscus have been outside all year and we have been getting night temps in the 40s and 50s for at least a month with no sign of stress. Mine probably will only be brought in when there is a threat of mid 30's.

But it sound to me like Colleen might be interested in growing them indoors year round, not just over wintering and I have no experience in that.

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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Dec 4, 2016 5:18 AM CST

But it sound to me like Colleen might be interested in growing them indoors year round, not just over wintering and I have no experience in that.



Horntoad nailed it, that is what I am wanting to do Rolling my eyes.
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ardesia
Dec 4, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Sure it can be done but give that plant or plants plenty of air circulation because they are white fly magnets indoors.

Daisy, what did you mean when you said they flower on old growth? I used to grow dozens of the tropical hibs and mine always did the opposite.
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Dec 4, 2016 9:49 AM CST
I think it would be difficult to keep Hibiscus healthy if they lived inside year round. I used to bring mine in for the winter months; by spring they usually looked pretty sad.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 4, 2016 9:59 AM CST
I agree, it's hard to grow them well indoors. They usually do end up looking sad, but perk up when outdoors.
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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Dec 4, 2016 1:12 PM CST
A friend of mine had one in. Her bathroom year-round & it always looked beautiful. But I am not adverse to putting them outside in the summer. If I set them around my pond do you think they might do well? I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 4, 2016 1:19 PM CST
I think they'd like the extra humidity there. AZ humidity is so low most times.
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