Container Hibiscus Plants

Hibiscus Looks Droopy

KarenFisk added on May 10, 2015 | Answered

I brought my hibiscus indoors for the winter, transplanted back outdoors 2 days ago. It did fine indoors but is looking droopy. What can I do to help it?

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Answered on May 11, 2015

The droop is a reaction to stress. When moving indoor plants outdoors you need to harden them off. It sounds like maybe your hibiscus was shocked a little from being suddenly exposed to the sun. It’s best to acclimate plants in shadier areas first then gradually introduce them to the sun. Hibiscus, in particular, is a plant that hates abrupt transitions and needs to be hardened off gradually. If you did in fact harden your plant properly then this could just be a matter of transplant shock:

For more information on how to harden off houseplants, please visit the following links:

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