What happens to Hibiscus plants in the frost

18 February 2014

As a PSA, I ask you to save yourselves the heartache, and pay attention to the planting zones, people. 

I have said this before,  but we moved into our house a little over a year after Hurricane Ike hit the area.  After Ike damaged everyone's gardens, it was a race to replant things that grew quickly enough to make people forget they lost their favorite plants.  Enter tropicals.  Tropical plants grow very well in coastal Southeast Texas during the summer, and even in winters without frosts.  They grow fast and put on a nice show. 

When we first moved into the house, the previous owner had planted these beauties everywhere:


But after a frost (which happens every couple of years), the hibiscus now look like this:

They will only grow back from the roots, all those branches are essentially dead wood.

Meanwhile, the camellias, which are rated properly for our zone (zone 9), are putting on a fabulous February show this year! 

So the moral of the story is that good things come to those who wait, and the instant gratification of hibiscus just isn't worth it in zone 9 (no matter how many times the garden nurseries put them on sale). 

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