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Hibiscus Repot now?

Posted by jane__ny 9-10 (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 16, 11 at 0:42

I moved this plant with us from NY where it spent the winters indoors. It always lost its leaves after getting spider mites. Would recover and re-leaf, I would move it outside in June where it bloomed all summer.

We moved to Florida 3 months ago and I put the plant outside in partial shade. It has almost doubled in size and flowers constantly. It has also outgrown its pot and requires water daily, sometimes 2x a day or it wilts.

It is now December and its obvious it did not go dormant.

Does anyone know what type of hibiscus this is? Can I repot this plant now? It will need root pruning as the root ball is very compressed. Or - should I wait until spring?

Thanks,
Jane

Hibiscus 9/2011

Its the plant on the left in the pic
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RE: Hibiscus Repot now?

It's a tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensi). 'Painted Lady'.
If your zone (9-10) is correct, the hibiscus won't go dormant and yes, you can repot it now. You can probably plant it in the ground come spring.
Barb


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RE: Hibiscus Repot now?

Thank you for the ID. Seems to be quite prolific as it blooms constantly and keeps sending up shoots from the base. It is supposed to be a tree-hibiscus.

The pot is also filled with petunias which were growing near the hibiscus, last summer in NY. They obviously dropped seed in the pot. I don't have the heart to pull them out. They bloom and look so pretty.

8-2011
Pot of petunias which left some seed in the hibiscus pot. The warm Florida weather caused them to sprout and flower.

Jane


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