Hibiscus-A Beautiful plant that is easy to care for
The Hibiscus plant is absolutely gorgeous, large green leaves on a compact stem with the most beautiful large blooms. I had always thought a Hibiscus was difficult to maintain and also, living the northeastern part of the US, I had always assumed that the Hibiscus plant would not survive the winter, even indoors. But I was wrong..the plant you see photographed is my own plant, working on it's second season of life and looking just as full and lush as it did the day I purchased it from the Home and Garden Center.
The First Year
Last summer I bought the plant on a whim. I had always wanted a gorgeous tropical flowering plant on back deck. A blossoming and growing hibiscus was an easy way to add a tropical flair to my back deck. However, when I purchased it I thought "ok, I'll enjoy it this year, bring it indoors but I won't expect it to live". They never seem to live through a northeast winter.
It's difficult in a colder climate, if you don't bring the plant inside at the right time, when the temp gets near freezing, it gets too cold and dies; if you bring it in too early, it gets too warm inside and dies. When caring for a Hibiscus, I knew that the Hibiscus flowers best in temperatures between 60F – 90F and can't tolerate temps below 32F.
Last summer, my Hibiscus plant went straight out to the back deck and was so beautiful all summer long. I trimmed off the dead blossoms but it had a constant supply of fresh Hibiscus blossoms so the plant always looked pretty. Watering was easy, a good daily dose of water was all that was needed and as the weather grew colder, less water was needed.
Hibiscus over the Winter
Right before freezing temperatures started happening, I brought the plant indoors; found a warm, draft free place for it to spend the winter. Of course the blooms had stopped and soon the leaves started falling off. I was so sad, thinking that it was going to die. But I persevered, I gave it a watering when the soil grew dry. It was pathetic looking, just a few Hibiscus stalks sticking up out of the planter.
Then one day I saw it! A tiny hint of green on the stalk itself. I kept watering, the green stalk increased in color then a tiny leaf, another leaf...after a few days another leaf. By the time that early spring in the northeast arrive, the Hibiscus plant had grown a very respectable amount of leaves. I was elated! The plant had survived the winter and I was so glad that I didn't give up on it when it looked so dead for a time.
Late Spring for the Hibiscus Plant
When the weather here normalized, no more freezing temperatures and nice warm days, I returned my victorious Hibiscus plant to it's place on the back deck. It is currently thriving and growing huge multiple blossoms at a time. The photos here are from this year, the second season, for my tropical Hibiscus Plant.
If you don't think you can grow a tropical plant in a colder area, think again. Just make sure you bring it indoors while the days are still warm enough, that way the plant won't be shocked when you bring it to your warm indoors.