Question on care of Hibiscus

paulan70(5)June 12, 2006

I just bought 2 Hibiscus from walmart the smaller size and 1 from home depot. The tags says tropical. Now here is my question this is the first year of growing this beautiful plants and I am just wondering on how well they weather the Indiana winters and what is the correct way to care for these. Like for example plant in pots and bring in during the winter or will they last outside all year with the proper mulching? I just want to make sure that my new babies are well taken care of. Thanks

Paula

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plantsofheaven(PA/18088)

Plant them in pots and bring in during winter assuming they are tropicals. They will only survive outside in zones 8-11 I think.
Please to meet you,
Mike

    Bookmark   June 13, 2006 at 6:06PM
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beachbarbie(z9a/8b NC)

Paula,
Mike's right. There's no way tropicals could handle your winters. Where I live its a "cool" zone 9 and they go dormant here and I would likely lose some if I left them outside.
There's a great website I always recommend to people living in colder climates who have hibiscus. I attached the link.
Barb

Here is a link that might be useful: Queen of the Tropics

    Bookmark   June 13, 2006 at 6:25PM
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paulan70(5)

Is there a way to tell if it is a tropic or the hardy type? Thanks And I will have to check out that link. Thanks again.

Paula

    Bookmark   June 15, 2006 at 12:15AM
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