Q.Caring for hibiscus plants over the winter
We live in Buffalo, NY and purchased two hibiscus plants that we kept outside and then brought inside for the winter. As you probably know the winters in Buffalo are cold. I did everything I read I should do before bringing the plants in for the winter to get rid of the bugs. The plants have been inside for close to 3 months now and seemed to be doing fine (still blooming a lot in December) until I notice a ton of little green bugs all over the plants. We freaked out, and since we have a finished basement we really had no where to put the plants to try and save them. They are now in the garage and will stay there all winter as we don’t want to take the chance of anything spreading to our other normal indoor plants we have in the house. I guess my question is will the hibiscus come back to life in the spring after being out in the garage during winter for the next 3-4 months or will they just die completely without hope (if this is the case we will just throw them out).
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Hibiscus that are cold hardy can survive with a monthly watering in the garage. Tropical hibiscus would do better in a warm envirnoment.
Your pest may be aphids. You can use horticultural oil or insecticidal soap to eliminate them.