Wondering how to grow hibiscus? It’s truly a breeze. Hibiscus brings color to your yard in the fall when so many other plants are closing up shop for winter. The trumpet-shaped exotic looking flowers may also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.
I love the yellow, orange, red, purple and pink Hibiscus plants. The flowers are so large they stand out in a garden. The blooms are often six to eight inches across!
Hibiscus is a part of the mallow family called Malvaceae. Hibiscus is native to subtropical and tropical regions of the world including Florida.
Although all hibiscus plants like the full sun, I find the red hibiscus tends to be the heartier plants that will tolerate different growing conditions such as too much rain, not enough rain or less sunlight.
Hibiscus can grow to 10 to 15 feet although they usually get to only about 5 or 6 feet when pruned or cut back. People growing hibiscus in zones 4 to 8 will need to use a lot of mulch for winter. Provide at least 12 inches deep of mulch to prevent the roots from freezing.
Here are some tips for hibiscus care and why Hibiscus are some of the best fall plants:
No. 1: How to grow Hibiscus: Prune your Hibiscus to a third of the plant if you have the tropical Hibiscus. Prune the tropical Hibiscus in the spring, but after the last frost. The hardy hibiscus, which is an herbaceous perennial, does not need to be pruned.
No. 2: How to grow Hibiscus: Fertilize or feed your Hibiscus plant with all all-purpose flower food that is designed for acid-loving plants. Hibiscus leaves usually turn yellow if they are not receiving enough acid from the soil.
No. 3: How to grow Hibiscus: Make sure to mulch around your Hibiscus bushes to help retain water. They should not be allowed to dry out completely but can withstand a little drought after they have been established. Water more the first year.
No. 4: How to grow Hibiscus: Create an ideal soil condition for Hibiscus by using compost or organic matter mixed with sandy soil. Hibiscus is fairly adaptable to different soils.
No. 5: How to grow Hibiscus: If you live in colder climates, make sure to plant hardy Hibiscus or Hibiscus moscheutos. The tropical climate Hibiscus is called Rosa-sinenis. The Hibiscus will flower through the fall and into winter in subtropical climates such as Florida.
Plant Hibiscus plants in rows on the side of your house for a pretty hedge. I don’t recommend mixing up the colors in a hedge, however, since the different colors and varieties grow to different heights. But if you have an informal garden, the Hibiscus bush can make a nice addition to extend color into winter.
Hummingbirds are partial to the red Hibiscus flowers, which are also worn behind the ear by Tahitian women to signify they are ready for marriage!
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