Hibiscus Information

By Shannon C , last updated May 12, 2011

Hibiscus is known for its large, fragile blossoms, beneath which grows a hardier plant than its delicate appearance could ever suggest. There are two main types of Hibiscus flower, the hardy and the tropical. Within each are a number of hybrid varietals bred for various climates and growing conditions. Hardy Hibiscus flowers are easier to grow and care for, as their name suggests. Tropical Hibiscus flowers have more exacting care standards and are recommended for more experienced gardeners, unless growing conditions are ideal. Hibiscus flowers come in a stunning array of colors and patterns, from white to pink to purple to variegated. Learn more about these popular and delightful flowering plants as you consider whether to select Hibiscus for your own home garden or landscape setting.

Preparing to Plant Hibiscus

Hibiscus as a rule prefer warmer, sub-tropical or tropical growing conditions. For best results, full to partial sunlight and shelter from wind should be provided. Temperatures should range from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. For many varietals of Hibiscus, temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit can quickly kill growing plants. Soil should drain well and pH range is best between 6.0 and 6.5. Hibiscus grow equally well in pots or free soil, indoors or outdoors, as long as growing conditions can be met.

Planting Hibiscus

Hibiscus can be planted equally successfully in pots or containers or outside in free soil. Hibiscus root systems will grow quickly but will not become invasive. Adequate space for Hibiscus root systems to establish themselves should be provided. If temperatures in your growing area tend to range towards cooler, planting Hibiscus in pots can be advantageous should growing plants need to be moved indoors for protection.

Growing Hibiscus

Hibiscus will need to be watered daily when temperatures are warm and less so in winter. A high-potassium, slow-release or liquid fertilizer should also be applied.

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