Hibiscus – Tips for a Successful Garden Series
The “Hibiscus” is our next topic of discussion , Less widely known as ” Rose Mallow ” it is considered a tropical plant. Therefore if you want to have it survive year round outside you need to be in zones 8 to 10 , refer to our “Climate Zone Map” on our website www.watchusgrow.com.com But for the rest of us, we can enjoy these beauties during the summer months outside and bring them in during the winter months. During the winter months I personally have had great success with my Hibiscus in a north facing window. It has bloomed throughout the winter, there is nothing like coming in from out in the snow and seeing a hibiscus blooming.
Known for its beautiful large showy blossoms the Hibiscus can really add a splash of color and excitement to your garden area. There are endless colors of Hibiscus flowers to choose from, I’m sure all can find one they love.
Hibiscus can grow to 30 feet in tropical areas , in North America it can reach heights of 5 to 15 feet, you can prune and shape your Hibiscus into any shape or form you want. The best time for pruning is early in the season. You can also pinch off new growth to encourage branching and flowering.
The Hibiscus prefers full sun, but also likes to be partially shaded during the hottest part of the day , try to protect them from strong winds. they like well draining fertile soil, its good to keep the soil moist as they always seem to be thirsty. The Hibiscus also reacts well to a well balanced all purpose liquid plant food, we recommend “Watch Us Grow” mix 1 ounce in 1 gallon of water, feed them every 10 to 14 days to keep them blooming throughout the growing season.