Wintering a Hibiscus in the basement?

javaandjazz(z6 CT)September 22, 2010

Can I take my hibiscus tree that I bought at Lowes and put it in the basement and let it go dormant for the winter but just giving it some water now and then? Thanks, Richie

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littleonefb(zone 5, MA)

I it a hardy hibiscus or a tropical hibiscus?

It it is hardy then it should be planted in the ground now, and will come back next spring.

If it is a tropical hibiscus, they do not go dormant and if you put it in your basement for the winter, without a good sunny window and don't water it, it will die.

It can be tough to keep a tropical hibiscus indoors in the north. The dry heat in the winter is not conducive to good survival and we really don't get enough strong sunlight either.

It can be done and there are a couple of websites that can provide you with some good info.

I've tried in the past with several tropical ones and have made it as far as mid February with them, then the dry heat and lack of sunlight just does them in.

Link below is one site to look at

Here is a link that might be useful: tropical hibiscus indoors for the winter

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 5:41PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

For plants that go dormant from cold, basements are usually too warm.

For plants that don't go dormant, basements are usually too dark.

Sometimes, the particulars of your particular house allow you to get away with things.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 7:04PM
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annie_nh(z4/5 NH)

Hardy hibiscus that I have raised from seed I usually leave in their pots and put in the cellar after the first season. I water them once a month. During the month of April I see their shoots appearing. Around the month of May I transplant them in the ground and give them plenty of miracle grow. By July they are flowering.After that I leave them in the ground and treat them like any other perennial. I now have at least 20 hibiscus bushes in my garden.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 8:27PM
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I've overwintered a tropical hibiscus in the winter under flourescent shop lights in the past. It works for a couple of years at least. It probably didn't bloom or do real well (I really can't remember), but it hangs around long enough to put it out again in spring.

I remember doing same with a mandevilla and abutilon. They lost some leaves, but stayed alive.

2 shop light fixtures (4 bulbs) over a table and a timer (12-16 hours a day, less in winter more as spring nears).

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 8:37AM
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donaldb(5B Worcester, MA)

I've been overwintering a tropical hibiscus in my cellar, which is not exactly the brightest place. Some light comes in through the windows and the temp stays around 55 degrees. This has been going on for the past 8 years and the tree couldn't be healthier. I water it when the soil is completly dry.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 10:35AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

I've overwintered a tropical hibiscus for several years in an unheated sunroom that faces south. I water it like any other house plant. It may lose some leaves, but overall does well. It sometimes will even flower as early as April, but then it gets plenty of sunlight all winter. The temperature in the sunroom can get into the 40's some nights and on sunny days can get to 70+.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 3:03AM
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I bring my tropical hibiscus into the house, on the sun porch or sunny window. It doesn't go dormant but continues to bloom sporadically all winter. In the spring I prune it way back and return it to the deck where it blooms even more. /Abi

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 12:26PM
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