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Tips On Hibiscus Care

The ease of hibiscus care will depend on the weather in your location and how cold it gets in the winter.

The hibiscus is a tropical plant and likes to grow where the climate is warm. It originated from the Pacific Islands, India, Southeast Asia and China, and was transported to Europe in the early nineteenth century.

The hibiscus expanded from one double red variety to hundreds of different types. They are now available in red, white, yellow, orange, pink, violet, maroon, gray, brown, green and many other colors.

Hibiscus Care And Maintenance

Hibiscus like to have 4 - 6 hours of sunshine each day, but no more than that.

The hibiscus plant loves to be fertilized. You can buy a special hibiscus fertilizer at your local garden stores.

If you choose to buy a more generic fertilizer, it is critical that you check the content of certain minerals. It needs to have a low phosphate content and the potassium content needs to come from nitrate of potash, not the cheaper muriate of potash. It is also important for hibiscus fertilizer to be free of chlorides.

Proper hibiscus care means watering thoroughly after fertilizing and also watering by hand should the weather start to get dry.

Planting Hibiscus

Your hibiscus should be planted in a nicely drained bed.

To start, you should use azalea potting mix at a ratio of fourteen bags for every hundred square feet of bed.

Add the fertilizer, then mulch to keep in moisture and prevent weeds from growing.

Hibiscus can also be planted in containers. If you live in a cold climate, you might want to plant your hibiscus in containers, and bring them inside for the winter months.

Each pot should be at least fourteen inches across and have holes in the bottom for adequate drainage.

If you have mild weather, hibiscus that were planted in the ground should be cut back to four to six inches above the ground before the first frost and mulched with pine needles.

Container plants should be pruned in January or February to have the best blossoms in the spring.

Hibiscus are heavy flowerers and the blossoms only last for a day. That means you should get rid of the dead blossoms each day.

Hibiscus care also involves the use of insecticides as the plants seem to be easy targets for insects, such as:

Worms

Cut worms

Slugs

Aphids

Mealy bugs

White flies

If you follow these standards for hibiscus care, your plants will thrive and you should experience bountiful blooms throughout the summer.