Hibiscus is a vibrant and popular flowering plant often cultivated for its stunning blossoms. Hibiscus plants typically produce large, showy, single or double-bloomed flowers in a variety of colors. The blossoms can be as large as a dinner plate, and typically last a day or two before being replaced by new ones. Hibiscus are native to tropical regions, so they thrive in warm climates and need plenty of sun, moisture and fertilizer for consistent blooming. They can be grown in pots or planted in the ground, but do require well-draining soil. Hibiscus plants are generally easy to care for and can be pruned to control their size and shape. Hibiscus is a great choice for gardeners who want to add a burst of color to their outdoor space. They are also perfect for container gardening, as they can be moved indoors during colder weather
Light: Full sun, a southern exposure. Temperature: Maintain indoor temperatures above 60. They can suffer when grown at temperatures below 60 for extended periods.
Humidity: Preferably 50% or higher; however, they will tolerate low levels with no harm. Watering: Bring the soil to a state of visual dryness between watering. When watering, thoroughly saturate the soil until a little water runs out of the bottom of the pot.
Fertilizer: They are moderate feeders so ¼ tsp of fertilizer per gallon of water once a week. Use a balanced fertilizer like a 15-15- 15 or a blooming fertilizer like a 7-9-5. When growth stops in winter, discontinue feeding.
Pruning: Prune anytime they are too large or getting leggy. Remember that they flower on the tops of new growth and pruning will slow down flowering. Insects and
Disease: Hibiscus are susceptible to white fly and aphids as well as spider mite when grown under dry, hot conditions. They are susceptible to fungal root rots, especially during the winter months under excessive soil moisture and cool conditions. Growing them a little drier helps reduce the problem.
Remarks:Hibiscus are spectacular flowering plants that require full direct sun, warm conditions and a balanced fertilizer to induce bloom. The long day length of summer is ideal for flowering. There are many cultivars, which seem to have varying degrees of ease to bloom.