Hibiscus Plant Care

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Not too much is needed in hibiscus plant care, but it is needed. The attention is, however, the very least that the dramatic blossom deserves. Hibiscus blooms--most often red in tone--are usually about six to seven inches in diameter. Some, however, such as the vivid scarlet Lord Baltimore, are as broad as 10 inches.

The Basics of Hibiscus Plant Care

Originally tropical plants, hibiscus range in height from a little under three feet to as high as something over six feet. Ideal hibiscus plant care starts with planting them where they will be sure to receive plenty of direct sun for the entire day. Warmth is understandably very important for any native tropical plant. A mature hibiscus grows upright into a thick, well-branched bush.

Soil type is important, but not as much so as moisture and drainage. While hibiscus are adaptable, they prefer a loamy to a heavy soil. Regular potting soil with added leaf compost, bark compost, vermiculite, or perlite is a good idea. These keep the soil from compacting and help drainage. Hibiscus do prefer damp soil but do not fare well "standing in water."

Regular feeding--meaning every week--is also very important in hibiscus plant care. Nutrition can come from any good quality plant food, but you want to avoid anything labeled "superbloom." Low phosphorus is important. Too much means few flowers and many fine leaves. Other nutrients to look for include iron, copper, and manganese.


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