Growing Hibiscus Indoors Or Outdoors
If you are thinking about growing hibiscus, you should enjoy plants with large, showy flowers. This plant produces blooms that are orange, red, purple, pink or yellow. The petals are larger and they have a distinctive center that is usually the same color as the flower. The leaves are large and light green and they are oval shaped with a pointed edge. While growing hibiscus, you may also notice that the blooms darken as they age.
These plants can either be perennial or annual depending on the species. They can also be woody shrubs or small trees. They can be used as shrubs for a landscape or mainly for the beautiful flowers that can accent a garden area. Bees and butterflies are very attracted to this plant because of the colorful blooms. The plant is easy to grow and can be kept outdoors or in a pot in your home.
Growing hibiscus is not hard. It can survive in cooler temperatures and requires little care to maintain the plant. It can be allowed to grow up to 6 feet naturally or you can choose to prune the plant. This is recommended if you are using the plants for shrubbery. But make sure to space each plant at least 24 inches apart when planting. You will want the plants to space in evenly, without an over lapping of the foliage.
Before you start growing hibiscus you can do a soil test. This plant likes mildly acidic soil. If you do the test and discover that your garden soil does need help, you can correct your soil by purchasing a fertilizer that helps to add nutrients. Mix it with your soil and water thoroughly. Wait at least one week before planting.
This plant enjoys full sunlight. So whether you choose to keep it indoors or out make sure it gets hot, direct light everyday. Sunlight helps flowering trees and plants, so if it receives plenty of sunshine, you will notice more blooms in mid summer to early fall.
This plant can be damaged by too much water near the root. Before you plant, make a raised garden bed and place the plant in the center of the small hill. This way the water is allowed to drain away from the roots. If you plan on planting more than one hibiscus plant, use the raised garden bed method. Prepare rows in the garden with small trenches on either side. The water will collect in the trenches. Make sure to feel the soil before you water these plants. It should be dry and sandy. You should only water these plants once or twice a week, depending on the weather. Completely saturate the soil when watering.
If you are keeping your hibiscus plant indoors, place it in a container with holes on the bottom for water drainage. You use a plate to place under the container for catching extra water but you should empty it immediately and do not let the container sit in this water. This water can cause damage to the small tree by causing a fungal infection. Make sure to place the plant near a window so that it can receive enough sunlight.
If you will be using these plants as shrubbery, you will have to keep them pruned so that they will appear uniformed. The best time to do this is after the blooms fall off of the tree. You can prune in between these specific times but make sure not to cut more than 30% of this plant at one time. This can harm the plant the plant or even kill it.