Hibiscus (Red) – Plant
Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know how to care for hibiscus plants, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely flowers.
- Reviews (0)
Hibiscus are deciduous shrubs with dark green leaves, the plants can grow to 15 feet tall in frost-free areas. Flowers may be up to 6 inches diameter, with colors ranging from yellow to peach to red. Hibiscus can be planted singly or grown as a hedge plant, they can also be pruned into a single-stemmed small tree. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and humming birds.
Ongoing Care Hibiscus Plant
Hibiscus require at least 1 inch of rain (or equivalent watering) each week. They like to be constantly moist, but not wet. Feed twice a month during the growing season and prune as necessary to control plant size and cut back errant branches. Cut branches back to just above a side shoot.
Hibiscus Plants Care Tips
Hardwood cuttings grow well in a sheltered position in full sun. They prefer a well-drained alkaline or neutral soil. Cuttings should be staked as the plants produce fine roots at soil level that may break if the stalk is moved during a wind. Potted Hibiscus should stand outside during summer and be moved indoors during winter. When indoors, they require regular misting, and frequent pruning will help to shape the plant as well as encourage flowers.
When you care for a hibiscus, you should remember that hibiscus flower best in temperatures between 60-90 F. (16-32 C.)and cannot tolerate temps below 32 F. (0 C.). In the summer, your hibiscus plant can go outside, but once the weather starts to get near freezing, it’s time for you to bring your hibiscus indoors.
Watering Hibiscus When hibiscus are in their blooming stage, they require large amounts of water. Your hibiscus will need daily watering in warm weather. But once the weather cools, your hibiscus needs far less water, and too much water can kill it. In the winter, water your hibiscus only when the soil is dry to the touch.
The flowers of hibiscus steeped in boiling water produce a delicious and healthy tea which has a taste resembling cranberry juice. It is said to lower blood pressure, and contains numerous valuable vitamins and essential fatty acids.