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overwintering brugmansia and tropical hibiscus

Posted by mcube zone 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 19, 09 at 9:59

I saw some posts in other forums about this but I want to get the take of fellow new england gardeners on this.

I have overwintered my brug by keeping it in the basement. No leaves were left after a few weeks and i watered it only couple of times over the winter. I brought it out in spring but it didnt too terribly well this year. It has leaves on it but no flowers. I am not sure if I did anything wrong but I want to make sure that they flower next season.

I have never overwintered my tropical hibiscus. Do I follow the same procedure?

It wont be possible for me to keep them near a south facing window inside the house.

What method do you folks follow and how successful have you been with these tropical beauties?


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RE: overwintering brugmansia and tropical hibiscus

mcube - My brug usually goes down into the basement also. I try to bring stuff up as early in the Spring as I can though. This year, because of my move, they were in a sunny floor-to-ceiling window by mid-February and were blooming by the time they went outside! Do you feed your brugs consistently? That might be a reason for no blooms if you don't.

RE: overwintering brugmansia and tropical hibiscus

cloud9, I did feed my brug this summer but I did not bring it out till mid-may. It probably did not have enough time to begin blooming. I will start fertilizing it in spring and give it light this year and see if that works.

The hibiscus is putting on a show right now and I am resisting the temptation to bring it inside this early.

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