Wintering over Hibiscus
Good Afternoon fellow Gardeners,
I have several Hibiscus Shrubs in Pots around our Swimming Pool. The first couple of years I wintered the plants over and kept them from year to year. I found that the Hibiscus were very slow to come out of dormancy, if indeed they did. If they did leaf out I would not get any blooms until late July or early August. As a result the last 3 years I have been just throwing the shrubs away in the late fall when they are no longer blooming and buying new plants in the Spring that are fully leafed out and with buds formed.
This year my Hibiscus are the best I have ever had. The color selection is great and the plants are full and blooming like crazy. I would like to have them next spring. Is there anything I can do to speed them up in leafing out and blooming earlier next Spring and Summer. We can get cold here so Frost is a possibility. I can put them in a sheltered area during the winter.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Gary in Rocklin, California