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How To Grow Hibiscus Flowers In Iowa

Some hibiscus species can tolerate Iowa winters indoors.

Hibiscus blooms can be big and showy, or small and delicate. Growing hibiscus can be an easy way to add a little bit of exotic beauty to your yard or garden.

On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe and Cindy Haynes, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University, chat about how to grow sun-loving, flowering hibiscus plants in Iowa.  

Hardier hibiscuses do well in well-drained soils outdoors. They die back during the winter and come back  during late spring. Tropical hibiscus can survive on a patio in the summer, but need to be brought indoors in September. Haynes recommends checking them for insects before bringing them in. 

Our horticulture experts also answer questions from listeners.

Guests include:

  • Richard Jauron: Extension Horticulture Specialist at Iowa State University 
  • Cindy Haynes: Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University

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