Can Hibiscus be planted in the ground and survive the winter?

MtDreamer(z6 TN)June 21, 2005

TN clay and TN winters are new to us. Last year I bought a sad looking Hibiscus at Lowes toward the end of the season. This year it is HUGE!! It either needs a much larger pot or planted in the ground. I prefer the latter if the winters won't kill it off. We are anxious for it to bloomÂso are the humming birds.

Thanks--

Sharon

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amazondoc(mid-TN, z 7)

If you bought a *hardy* hibiscus, then it will get through the winter just fine. There are hardy hibiscus and tropical hibiscus, so make sure which one you've got!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 12:54AM
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MtDreamer(z6 TN)

Many thanks.........I found the tag. It is a "luna red" and appears to be hardy in zones 5-9......SO in the ground it goes!!!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 11:02AM
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amazondoc(mid-TN, z 7)

Don't be alarmed when it dies back this fall. They do that naturally. And they are *very* slow to wake up in the spring, so don't fret when everything else is up and at em but the hibiscus still looks dead!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 11:41AM
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SmokyMist(7 East TN)

Yep my hibiscus are one of the last plants to get leaves in the late spring.

Cheryl

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 6:03PM
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DeltaTropicsGuy(8a TN)

When you yall's sprout back up?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 1:31AM
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rizzir(z7b TN)

And what about the variegated Hibiscus someone gave me at the ETN swap? From what I've read it's only hardy starting at Zone 9... I guess this means the giver must dig hers up each fall and take it in? I am planning a tropicals garden, so I was planning on having to do this anyway with others, but I don't want to leave anything sitting out that should have been taken in.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 10:15AM
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amazondoc(mid-TN, z 7)

The variegated ones I know about are all tropical, so it'll have to go inside for the winter.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 6:12PM
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