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by mrw on August 11, 2006 08:07 AM
I have had my tropical hibiscus out in the garden since May, and it is doing great, lots of blooms and it has more than doubled in size. I know that I will have to dig it up and move it inside for the winter. I will have to prune it before bringing it in. How much can I prune and should I leave in a sunny spot or in the basement (gets quite cool down there!)for the winter?
by alankhart on August 12, 2006 09:25 AM
I only trim mine back just enough to make it easier to dig up and replant in a container. You can either keep it in a sunny window where it may continue to bloom sporadicly, or let it go dormant in a cool place and water infrequently. I let mine go dormant...it just seems easier. Either way, it will probably lose a lot of leaves but they will grow back.

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by mrw on August 12, 2006 09:53 AM
Thank you, will do!
by gardenfairy on August 12, 2006 04:59 PM
I live here in SC, about 30-40 from Savannah, Ga. I have 2 hibiscus plants that are doing great, getting bigger everyday. Do you think I should dig them up and move them indoors over the winter? A friend of mine said to put some pinestraw around them and they should be fine, we live in Zone 8.

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Monica

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away."
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God gave us memories so we can have roses in the winter.
by TulsaRose on August 12, 2006 11:51 PM
Monica, do you know if you have Tropical Hibiscus or the Hardy Hibiscus? A world of difference in their care. [Wink]

The info at Trop-Hibiscus will give you some tips.

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by gailo on August 13, 2006 02:22 AM
Thanks for the link.

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by gardenfairy on August 13, 2006 06:34 AM
I have a hardy hibiscus plant!

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Monica

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away."
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God gave us memories so we can have roses in the winter.
by TulsaRose on August 13, 2006 07:36 AM
Since its the hardy type, you shouldn't have to do anything with it, Monica. We get much colder weather here than you do and I don't protect my old ones other than a layer of Sycamore leaves from my neighbors tree. [Wink] The Tropical baby in a big container comes indoors as soon as the nights start falling below 50.

P.S.

Send us some of that rain you're enjoying! lol!

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by gardenfairy on August 13, 2006 07:54 AM
I'm so happy it is raining FINALLY, we are in desperate need of it. I will try to will some your way!!!

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Monica

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away."
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God gave us memories so we can have roses in the winter.

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