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Mikeymilla12
Oct 30, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Hi all! I had this plant on my patio and brought it inside before the first frost. It still gets blooms, but the leaves turned yellow and it seems that it is dying. I sat it in the window with half day sun ( that's the most sun I can give it). What should I do to keep this plant alive?
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WillC
Oct 30, 2018 10:09 AM CST
Can anyone identify this plant?
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gasrocks
Oct 30, 2018 10:10 AM CST
A hibiscus?
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gasrocks
Oct 30, 2018 10:26 AM CST
Where do you live?
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Paul2032
Oct 30, 2018 10:30 AM CST
Hibiscus...........Many plants suffer when taken from an outdoor situation into an interior one. Different light, humidity, temp., etc......
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 30, 2018 10:31 AM CST
It looks like a variety of Tropical Hibiscuses (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) which need a lot of sun to do well.
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WillC
Oct 30, 2018 10:35 AM CST
If it is a Hibiscus, it will lose most of its leaves that were grown outside in much more intense light. I suggest, pruning back all of the stems to within a few inches of the main stem. Keep it in your sunniest location. New growth that comes in subsequently will be adapted to the reduced indoor light. Water it when the top half-inch of soil feels dry.
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IAgrl
Oct 30, 2018 10:59 AM CST
You can also supplement it's lack of full sun with a grow light.

Next year, make sure you "harden" the tree by gradually increasing it's direct sunlight exposure when moving it back outside and transition it slowly in the fall as well to move back inside... this will reduce the chance of shock.
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gasrocks
Oct 30, 2018 11:12 AM CST
That is a big thing that you have to watch out for when buying from the big box stores. Here they sell trees that are meant for 1 to 3 zones south of us. They sell things as house plants that are not really meant to be house plants. Hibiscus is a good example.
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OpieDoodle
Oct 31, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Hello!!

I'm in Ohio as well Smiling I have never had much luck trying to bring hibiscus indoors for the winter. It is also not uncommon for a lot of the hibiscus sold in stores around here NOT to be ones that handle the weather well.

We have had luck with some bigger varieties planting them straight in the ground and just letting them winter with the rest of the plants outside. I think wintering one indoors is possible but will be hard. I think the assistance of grow lights will be a really good thing.
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plantladylin
Oct 31, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Hardy Hibiscuses (Hibiscus moscheutos) will survive outdoors in zones 5 and higher.
Tropical Hibiscuses (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) will only survive outdoors in zones 9 and higher.
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