Growing Tips for the Orange Hibiscus
Although there are many beautiful types of flowering plants, the Hibiscus is a popular choice, especially the Orange Hibiscus. Growing up to eight feet tall and 10 feet wide, this magnificent plant makes quite a statement. Of course, when planting this type of Hibiscus, it is important to leave about 40 to 48 inches in between each plant so there is adequate room for the plant to grow.
A huge benefit to growing the Orange Hibiscus is that it does quite well in several growing zones to include 9a, 9b, 10a, and 10b. This plant does prefer a lot of sunlight and as a result, you will get some of the most magnificent orange blooms that keep on blooming once the earlier flower dies. Even the evergreen foliage is beautiful, featuring a blue green color with veins.
You will find that the Orange Hibiscus is a natural attractant to birds and butterflies so this plant makes an excellent addition to your outdoor area but it can also be grown indoors. When watering this Hibiscus, it is important to water it regularly but without soaking the soil. For propagation, these come from woody stems, softwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings, air layering, and grafting so you have multiple choices for growing additional Orange Hibiscus.
Keep in mind some other important tips when growing the Orange Hibiscus, which include the following:
- This particular type of Hibiscus actually tolerates insects well
- Water should always be applied prior to using any chemical such as pesticide or herbicide
- If you need to spray for insects, this should be done in the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are less than 80 degrees
- A natural remedy used to get rid of insect infestations on the Orange Hibiscus include water soluble fertilizer mixed with mild dishwashing soap such as Dove, which is then sprayed all over, to include the underside of the leaves
- The Orange Hibiscus needs to be introduced to full sunlight for about 10 days and then after, it needs both partial shade and sunlight
- Remember that all Hibiscus plants are tropical so they will die when exposed to cold temperatures
- The Orange Hibiscus needs to be pruned annually with the exception of late fall and into the winter months
- Any new growth is going to struggle with freezing so you could expect to lose some of the new stems
- When you prune any Hibiscus plant, make sure you use sterilized and clean shears, pruning in the direction that you want the new stems to grow
- When growing the Orange Hibiscus indoors, you need to make sure the soil is kept loose in the container and that it is made up of one-quarter perlite and only water soluble fertilizer be used