Planting a hibiscus tree can be a great way to add bold bursts of color to your yard or porch. Hibiscus trees feature large, ornamental blooms in colors like yellow, peach and red. They can be planted in the ground, though they're often planted in pots for beautiful deck ornamentation. Following these tips will allow you to plant your hibiscus tree in the ground or in a pot with success.
Many people choose to plant their hibiscus trees in sturdy pots or containers, especially the annual varieties, since they only live for a year. Select a plastic pot that is about two inches wider in diameter than the container your Hibiscus came in, and choose a potting soil that contains peat moss, vermiculite or bark--these ingredients will help ensure your hibiscus receives adequate drainage. It's a good idea to leave the uppermost portion of the plant's roots exposed, as this will prevent rotting and disease. Keep your hibiscus in a brightly lit area, fertilize once monthly, and enjoy its vibrant, tropical flowers. You can winter your hibiscus indoors during the cold months.
To plant your hibiscus in the ground, first select an area that receives lots of bright, warm sunlight. A Southern-facing area will work well. Dig a hole that's just as deep as your plant's original container but twice as wide. Water the hole well before you plant your Hibiscus, then lower it into the dirt. Cover the hole with soil, but be sure not to bury the plant's roots too much, as this can cause rotting and disease. After planting, water your hibiscus thoroughly. During the summer months, you'll want to fertilize your hibiscus once or twice monthly. When it's especially hot, hibiscus plants require lots of water. Removing old flowers from your plant will help new ones grow faster.
Adding a hibiscus tree to your garden is sure to be a beautiful addition.