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by muddy on September 12, 2005 11:04 PM
I live in southern new jersey, where the winters can be cold. I purchased several hibuscus this summer, which are doing well outside, but i know i will have to bring them in eventually. Last year i tried this and the plant did wonderfully throught the winter in the house, but when i put it outside in the spring it died. Any advise on what temp they should be brought in at, should i prune at that time? any specially instructions throught the winter? and what temp can they go back outside? thanks in advance for your wonderful advise!! [kitty]
by alankhart on September 13, 2005 12:28 AM
I would bring it in about at least a month before frost so that it can acclamate to the indoor climate. You may lose some leaves, but that is common--mine actually loses almost all it's leaves but then regrows more. You'll want to water it less often in winter and do not feed it. Don't set it out next spring until temps stay above 45 degrees at night.

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