The Hibiscus is most widely cultivated landscape plant in the world. The popularity comes from a combination of the brilliant blooming flowers coupled with the ease of growing. Hibiscus can be grown in almost any area of the country provided you follow some simple guidelines. This article will offer tips on growing hibiscus plants of your very own.
The hibiscus comes in two varieties: Tropical and Hardy. Unless you live in Miami or Honolulu you will want to use the hardy variety. The hardy hibiscus can grow in zones 4-8 with some preparation for the winter. There are many hybrids and variations so be sure to check the label or ask the salesperson for the zone information of any plant you are going to buy. Once you have chosen the plants for your location, let’s get ready to plant them.
Plant the hibiscus in moist soil with direct sunlight. Soil preparation for planting is really simple. The plants like a well drained, slightly acidic soil. To accomplish this add some organic compost and peat moss to the soil and mix. The plants are very adaptable to soil conditions so do not get carried away. The hibiscus loves to bask in the sun so make sure you plant it in a location that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Getting these two items right is the key to growing hibiscus.
Maintaining the hibiscus is a snap. They love to drink so make sure you water regularly. The soil around the plant should be kept moist. Use mulch to keep moisture in soil during the hot summer months. The leaves will begin to wilt if the plant is not getting enough water. Prune the plant if needed. Some species can grow to five feet tall. These varieties may have to be staked. If the leaves begin to yellow it needs some fertilizer. After the growing season cut the hibiscus down to the ground and cover with mulch. The plant will go dormant for the winter but will come back in the late spring. Make sure you put a flag or stake in the ground so you remember where your hibiscus is located.
As you can tell, growing hibiscus is really easy. There are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from in all shapes, sizes and colors. So pick out one you like, find the right spot to plant, keep it watered and you will have a beautiful hibiscus.