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What are some tips for growing a patio hibiscus tree?

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Plant your patio hibiscus in a container and bring it indoors before the first frost. While there are three types of hibiscus plants, the tropical variety is popular for container gardening. Once the danger of frost passes at the end of the dormant season, move the container to a location with full sun. In the U.S. Department of Agriculture's plant hardiness zones 9 and 10, tropical hibiscus can remain outside all year long.

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The hibiscus requires a rich soil that drains well so the roots remain moist without standing in water. When growing in a container, using soilless growing media prevents compaction in the pot. Because the plant only blooms on new growth, feed the plant regularly using a balanced liquid fertilizer. Although the plant forms new blooms throughout the growing season, production sometimes slows when temperatures are very hot.

During the dormant season, store the container in an area where temperatures remain between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Choose a well-lit area and continue to water the plant. As it adjusts the change to its new location, the loss of some leaves is common.

Trim the hibiscus plant prior to moving it back outdoors. Shorten any leggy stems and remove the branches that rub against others. Remove the top layer of soil from the container and replace it with compost.

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