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How do you care for a braided hibiscus tree?

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According to Hidden Valley Hibiscus, the braided hibiscus tree is a tropical plant that requires temperatures of 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit to bloom. Providing the tree with proper temperatures and the right amount of water allows it to grow successfully in other climates.

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The twisted hibiscus tree should be watered frequently in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Loyola University, proper drainage is important to prevent root rot and other issues. Loyola University recommends placing the twisted hibiscus tree inside a large plastic container then setting the container inside of a clay pot with a layer of pebbles at the bottom to ensure proper drainage.

The twisted hibiscus tree needs to be placed indoors during the winter months in most regions. According to Hidden Valley Hibiscus, the tree can die within a few hours if it's outdoors when temperatures fall to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The twisted hibiscus tree also needs less water in the winter to prevent damage to the roots of the tree.

During the summer, the twisted hibiscus tree can be placed outdoors as long as temperatures remain below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Hidden Valley Hibiscus states that in temperatures over 95 degrees, the twisted hibiscus tree loses flowers but doesn't die. The plant can live in temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit successfully, although the tree may not flower in very hot temperatures.

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