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Q.Covering Hibiscus Bushes

Anonymous added on September 21, 2011 | Answered

I have a hibiscus bush planted in my garden. I live down at the Jersey shore and I am wondering if covering it with burlap will be all right for the winter? Also, for my hardy hibiscus, do I cut it down, and if so, when?

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Answered on September 22, 2011

For a tropical hibiscus, burlap will not be enough. It needs to come indoors to survive the winter. Here is more information on that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/wintering-hibiscus-indoors-winter-care-for-hibiscus.htm

Hardy hibiscus needs no extra care in your zone to make it through the winter. It will do fine. However, I would wait until spring to cut it back. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/tips-for-pruning-hibiscus-plants-when-to-prune-hibiscus.htm

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