Fall frosts may kill your tender plants that are not protected. I have Hibiscus plants alive that I purchased at Frank's Nursery and they closed years ago. Winter is sure to do them in. Some are worth the effort to save.
you ask? I bring them into the basement for the winter. They will
survive under 4 foot fluorescent lights. The bulbs should be mixed
cool/warm white etc. Grow light bulbs are over rated and too expensive
for most people but are great if you can afford them. I rig the lights
to hang from wire so I can adjust the height as needed. 12 hours of
light is my standard up until March when I start increasing the light to
match the current day light hours. I have also kept them alive in an unheated attached garage. Some winters it is mild enough to get by with this tactic.
All I try to do is
keep them alive. I do not need them to prosper as this just makes more
work for me. What have I had good luck with keeping alive ?
Hibiscus , Ferns, Geraniums, Crossandra, Impatiens, Gerber Daisies, Begonias. Plus many others too numerous to list.
of these are kept in the same pots year after year and treated to a
soil change in the spring. I remove the bottom couple of inches and
outside also. Supplying new soil and room to expand. Some plants, such
as Lantana, are dug up and placed in a pot to over winter in. The top
must be pruned as severely as the roots were if they are to have a
chance of survival.
The Impatiens, Geraniums and
Begonias will all be duplicated as spring approaches. Please inquire if
you need to know how to do this with these plants.