Many animals love to eat the large leaves, flowers and stems of a hibiscus. Squirrels, deer, groundhogs and turtles are some of the more common animals that may be responsible for eating the plant.Know More
Usually, homeowners apply several different preservation techniques before finding one that keeps animals away. Squirrels find the hibiscus to be a tasty meal and make frequent returns to it until it is destroyed. Several household solutions can deter the squirrel. The smell of hot pepper and mothballs is enough to keep many squirrels away. If applied regularly, coffee grounds, blood meal and predator urine have the same effect, saving the plant from these hungry pests.
The best way to repel deer is by screening the plant with fencing, chicken wire or mesh. If fencing is not a practical or an attractive solution, deer can be kept away from the hibiscus plant by frequently applying chemical deer repellents. Groundhogs can dig underneath fencing, so installing a net around the plant or spraying it with a chemical repellent are the easiest ways to keep these animals away. Turtles are effectively repelled by building a low wall around the plant to force the little reptiles to turn away from the meal.Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers
Prune a hibiscus by removing old growth, pinching off the buds, deadheading the flowers, removing dead and dying foliage and pruning the plant to delay flowering. Pruning takes only a few minutes. You need pruning shears and pruning scissors.Full Answer >
Prune a hibiscus just before the growing season so the rising temperatures can induce the plant to grow. Make sure the temperature is mild rather than extremely hot or cold when you prune. Pruning in extreme temperatures stresses a hibiscus plant.Full Answer >
Hibiscus can be planted in the spring, summer or fall, says the National Gardening Association. Plant hibiscus in well-drained soil and in a location that gets plenty of sunlight.Full Answer >
Hibiscus can flourish for years with proper care. To care for your hibiscus, you need pruning shears, insecticidal soap or oil, a garden hose, fertilizer, stakes and a sheet or burlap.Full Answer >