Wintering Hibiscus Indoors: Winter Care For Hibiscus
Hibiscus are perennials and they need to be kept indoors during the cold months. They require at least 40°F (4°C) for best growth.
If you live in a colder climate, it will not hurt to keep them inside too! However, there are many benefits of keeping them outside as well.
They make wonderful houseplants. You can grow them in containers, but they will flourish better in your home’s natural light.
They are easy to maintain and will survive harsh winters and even some summers. A few years down the road, you may have a beautiful specimen of hibiscus growing in your living room!
The easiest way to keep them warm is with a heater or heating pad. Many people use heat mats to keep their plants alive during the winter months.
You can also place them in a greenhouse where they will stay warmer than inside your home. There are several varieties of hibiscus that thrive in these environments.
These include the African dwarf hibiscus, the Japanese dwarf hibiscus, and the Hawaiian hibiscus.
If you are worried about the flowers dropping during the winter, then you can dry them and save them for later. They will last much longer than fresh flowers!
There are several varieties of hibiscus that thrive in colder climates. You can find them anywhere from the United States to southern Canada.
They are hearty plants that can survive in a number of different conditions.
They prefer full sun, but will grow in part shade as well. Be sure they have rich and fertile soil to grow in, but if you notice that the soil is too dry, the hibiscus will begin dropping its leaves.
You will also need to water it on a regular basis and keep it weeded around the base.
Hibiscus is a large family and fills many niches in the plant world. There are so many different varieties of plants that require different growing conditions.
If you don’t see your specific type here, make sure to look it up as you may be able to grow it anyway!
There are two main types of hibiscus that people are interested in—tropical hibiscus and hardy hibiscus. The hardy hibiscus is obviously easier to grow and maintain.
It only requires pruning the dead flowers and leaves in the wintertime. The other type, the tropical hibiscus, is a little more complex and requires a slightly warmer environment.
During the winter, you must keep the tropical hibiscus at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. If you can’t provide this, then it is better to keep it outside or in some sort of greenhouse.
You can keep the hardy hibiscus outside during the winter; however, it must be sheltered from the wind and snow. You can also bring it inside to a cool basement or garage.
Hibiscus grow in many different types of soil, but they need the soil to be well drained. If your soil is constantly wet, this could kill the plant.
The soil should be rich in nutrients and acid.
You can grow hibiscus in many different types of containers. They can be grown in a large container or even in a flower pot.
The best types of containers for hibiscus are those that have holes in the bottom for the water to drain out. This prevents the root system from rotting away.
Hibiscus plants tend to get quite large over time so you will need to give them plenty of space to grow. They also need lots of sunlight so they can produce flowers.
You can plant them in your yard or along a fence line where they can have maximum sunlight.
There are many ways you can prune a hibiscus to keep it healthy and encourage new growth. Most people prefer to trim the ends of the branches back every couple of months.
This will also help the plant from getting too leggy and open up the center for a fuller look.
If you notice that a hibiscus has leaves that are badly damaged or infected with bugs, you can cut these off. Just be sure to dispose of them so they don’t infect any other plants.
Always disinfect your scissors before and after you work on the infected plant.
One of the reasons that people love hibiscus is because of its large and beautiful flowers. The flowers come in different colors such as red, pink, orange, yellow, and purple.
The flower can either be solid in color or have a pattern. Some of the flowers can be as large as 12 inches across!
Many times the flowers will not be fully colored. This is normal and should appear after the plant has matured more.
Sometimes the leaves will have marks or splotches on them too, this is also perfectly fine and doesn’t affect the health of the plant.
When you first receive your hibiscus plant, its flowers may not be fully open. This could be due to the conditions of the trip or it could just take time for them to fully open.
You should also be aware that sometimes the wrong types of fertilizer can delay or prevent the opening of the flowers all together.
Watering your hibiscus is also very important. If you don’t water it enough, the entire plant is at risk of dying.
You can check if your soil is dry by taking a handful of dirt and squeezing it. If the dirt stays in a ball and doesn’t fall apart, then it is still wet and doesn’t need water.
If the dirt falls apart and doesn’t stay in a ball, then it is time to water your hibiscus. You can either use a water can or if you are using a pot without holes, put it under cold running water for about 5 minutes and then pour it in the pot.
Don’t pour the water directly on the plant though.
You should never allow the pot to sit in standing water. This will cause the roots to rot and kill your hibiscus.
You should also be aware that the pot should drain well. This means that soil should be able to drain water well. If the pot tends to have water sitting in it, you need to get a new pot with better drainage.
Keeping bugs off your hibiscus plant is very important. Some bugs such as spider mites can kill your hibiscus in no time.
You can usually see the spider mites by looking through your plant. If you notice little dots all over the leaves and stems, then you need to treat your plant with insecticide.
You should also be aware that some people are allergic to latex. If you or anyone who will be helping you with the plant is allergic to latex, it is very important that you do not have latex gloves on while you are working with the hibiscus.
The sap from the hibiscus can cause a severe allergic reaction to occur.
This can be life threatening so if you are at all concerned about this, you should either not have latex gloves on at all when working with the plant or you should get non-latex gloves.
If you need to prune your hibiscus then now is a good time to do it. You can do this anytime the plant is not in bloom.
The best time to do this is during the beginning of spring.
If you want to know more about your hibiscus, you can refer to the tag that came with it from the nursery. It will tell you everything that you need to know such as the type of light it needs, how much water to give it, and the temperature that is best for it.
You should also be aware of whether or not the plant is prone to any types of bugs or diseases. Knowing this information will help you to recognize problems early on and treat them before they get out of hand.
The most common problem that the hibiscus has is the gray mold disease. The easiest way to fix this is to make sure that your pot has good drainage, allow soil to dry out completely before watering and remove any dead or rotting plants immediately.
You can learn all about your plant by doing some research. The library is a great place to do research.
Just tell the librarian what you are looking for and she will show you where to look.
If you don’t feel like going to the library, you can also do online research. Just go to a search engine such as Google or Yahoo!
and search for your topic. There are many websites devoted to just about any subject that you can think of.
Be sure to evaluate websites before you believe everything that you read on them though. The best way to do this is by doing a search for the website’s name along with the word “review”.
If there are reviews of the website, you can click on that and see what others have to say about the website before you use it.
You can also ask an adult for help on doing this type of search. They can help you evaluate the information as well as help you with the search terms that you should be using.
It’s spring and your plant has bloomed! You must have taken good care of it because it’s in full bloom right now!
In fact, it looks a bit weak. You wonder if it will make it through the summer or if it will die. I guess you will just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, you can start another project!
You can now go to the Botanical Garden and look for a new flower to take care of. You can also try visiting other friends to see if they have any new plants for you to take care of.
Or you may decide to do something else all together!
(Now would be a good time to save your game before you choose to do something else.)
If you want to visit the Botanical Garden, go here.
If you want to try to find other flowers to take care of, go here.
If you decide that you are done taking care of flowers for now, you can either quit or go to the Catalogue and order a new hobby.
Go to Catalogue
You’ve decided that you are done with taking care of flowers for now. You’ll pick something else to do later.
Reset Typing Command
You decide to stop playing for now. Before shutting off the computer, you go to the Catalogue and order a new set of paints.
You think that painting is going to be fun.
END OF FLOWER 1
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