Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, rose mallow and shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae group of the family Malvaceae. The biggest difference between tropical and hardy hibiscus is that tropical hibiscus is not hardy in zones lower than zone 9. Tropical hibiscus does not tolerate freezing temperatures and cannot survive more than brief periods of cold.
The other morning I went outside shortly after sunrise. My two yellow tropical hibiscus had multiple flowers. Hibiscus are made to flower, and mine always try when they have sun and water. We have a mild winter with only occasional freezes. It’s been over 5 years since I lost tropical plants to frost.
Winter is a dry season here in Central Florida. The grass isn’t really growing and flowers are few. I water my potted hibiscus daily and still get flowers.
The average January temperature in the Tampa Bay area is a high of 71 degrees F and a low of 53 degrees F. When a cold front up north brings a snow storm, we might get cool rain. The lows can drop into the 40’s. The counties just north of us can get freezing temperatures. When I lived in south Florida around Miami and then Ft. Lauderdale, the weather was tropical and hotter.
I hope you enjoyed a look at central Florida’s tropical flowers. This is why every winter our population is multipled rapidly with the “Snow Birds” arrival. Many seniors come down for coldest months of the year. Many even own second residences here in Florida. By Easter, snowbirds ususally have gone back home in the north to see spring.
Sending you warm thoughts.
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