Hibiscus are one of my favorite varieties of flowers! The big, beautiful petals in tons of lush colors make me instantly happy, and instantly nostalgic for that Hawaiian vacation I took in middle school! Doesn’t a hibiscus tree in your front yard just give off an effortless island vibe? Here’s how to grow ’em so you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors!
Hibiscus plants are great because they can be grown in containers, or directly into the ground! If you live in grow zones 9-10, you can get away with keeping these plants outdoors all year long, but you will need to bring them indoors during the winter in any other grow zone, or the harsh temperatures could harm your plant.
Whether you grow your plant indoors or outdoors, it’s recommended that you keep the hibiscus plant in a partially-shady area until the roots are established. Like many plants, root rot is an issue with hibiscus plants. Keep yours in a pot of well-draining soil. Keep the PH of your soil between 6 and 7. If you decide to plant the tree into the ground, be sure to dig a hole that is at least three times the size of the “root ball.”
Wait until your planted tree is at least a month old before giving it a dose of fertilizer! Use a fertilizer rich in phosporous once every season. Your plant will thank you for it!
If you choose to use mulch, keep it away from the trunk of the plant. Keep it several inches around the perimeter of the trunk, but one should never let it touch,
In warm weather, one should water their hibiscus plant on a daily basis. During the winter time, only water when the soil feels dry.