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HenryPHenryP Posts: 52
Hi All,

I have recently ordered some plants (namely mock orange, hibiscus, blueberry) and I was wondering, out of curiosity, if they may do better inside? I'm asking as I have a south face window which allows for good light and warmth throughout the day, and also the plants are all very small (9cm pots) so space would not be a problem. If anyone has any ideas on whether this may be a success or a bad idea, I'd be really grateful if you could let me know! Thank you. 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    hi and welcome to the forum. 
    I think none of those would be really happy indoors. 
    I think they'd become very thin and " leggy " .
    Many plants NEED the winter cold. 
    As they are small you could pot them into slightly bigger pots and tuck them against the wall below the south window to give some winter protection.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    No - they're hardy plants @henryfpaynebcjnEvJR . Outside and up against a wall, or in a cold frame, open, is ideal. It would do them no favours to be inside.
    Philadelphus and Blueberries are very hardy plants, even when small. 
    Hibiscus are a little  more fussy than the others but, as long as it isn't the tender one, they don't need to be inside a house.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,602
    @henryfpaynebcjnEvJR, I'm not sure from your post whether you're planning to keep them in 9cm pots for any length of time. They really need to be potted on regularly into bigger pots if you're not planning to plant them out in the ground.

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  • HenryPHenryP Posts: 52
    @JennyJ @Fairygirl @Hostafan1 Thank you so much for your tips and advice! It's really useful to know and also understand why it wouldn't work :smile:
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