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. Let’s look at some tips on how to care for hibiscus.
Growing hibiscus in containers
Many people who are growing a hibiscus plant choose to do so in a container. This allows them to move the hibiscus plant to ideal locations, depending on the time of year. Hibiscus prefer a cozy fit when growing in a container. This means that they should be slightly root bound in its pot and when you do decide to repot, only give the hibiscus a little bit more room. Always make sure that your growing hibiscus plant has excellent drainage.
Temperatures for growing hibiscus
When you care for a hibiscus, you should remember that hibiscus flower best in temperatures between 60F – 90F and cannot tolerate temps below 32F. In the summer, your hibiscus plant can go outside but once the weather starts to get near freezing, it is time for you to bring your hibiscus indoors.
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.
A growing hibiscus plant needs lots of nutrients in order to bloom well. In the summer, use a high potassium fertilizer. You can either use a diluted liquid fertilizer one a week, a slow release fertilizer once a month or you can add a high potassium compost to the soil. In the winter, you do not need to fertilize at all.
These are the basics for how to care for hibiscus plants in your garden. As you can see, they are a easy maintenance, high impact flower that will make a garden in any part of the world look like a tropical paradise.
If the gardening bug has bitten you hard, it can be difficult to let your garden go fallow over the winter. On the other hand, in colder climates, it can be difficult to motivate yourself into heading out into the frosty air. But as it happens, there are a ton of low-maintenance shrubs that become particularly beautiful in the winter. With the right plants, your garden can be colorful year-round.
You’ll have to set aside a little space for these shrubs, but most of them come in dwarf varieties, so they’ll work for balcony or porch gardens. And you can brag about how smart your plants are: winter-blooming flowers evolved to take advantage of an otherwise barren winter landscape. They’re the only pollen game in town for five months, making them a meet market for bees! Here are our five favorites for a colorful winter:
Witch Hazel: This plant will flower from October to December, its branches filling up with sprays of yellow blooms. They look like tiny firecrackers and attract beneficial bugs to the garden. And if you come into enough blooms, you can use them to make witch hazel essential oil.
Japanese Pieris (or Andromeda, or Lily of the Valley Bush): Glossy and green year round, this popular container plant will bloom with clusters of small white flowers from November to May. Varieties are also available that start as bright red buds before becoming off-white flowers.
Winter Jasmine: The stems on this elegant plant stay green throughout the winter, a nice contrast to other winter blooms on woody branches. The tall stalks produce rows of white and yellow flowers from December to June – just remember that the winter varieties aren’t fragrant like their summer sisters.
Burning Bush: Though this plant does not flower, in the winter it becomes true to its name and turns a bright, rich shade of red. It thrives even in the coldest of winters, and goes back to dark green in the spring.
Winterthur: This is probably our favorite of the winter plants. It’s actually quite dramatic even before it flowers in the spring: in the winter, the red leaves are accented with pink, then blue berries. (They look like tiny blueberries, but don’t do a taste test.)