Care Instructions Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, commonly called Chinese Hibiscus, is a bushy evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves that bears large exotic flowers throughout the growing season.

Hibiscus plant Placement:

Hibiscus should be placed in a warm room 68º F to 90º F daytime and 60ºF nightime temperatures. Indoors, the plant should receive direct or lightly filtered sunlight for four hours or more a day, necessary for continued blooming.

A location next to a window with a southern or western exposure is ideal. During its resting period, after flowering ceases in the fall or early winter and continuing through January, the most favorable temperature range is 55º F to 60º F. Extra humidity is required and may be provided by frequent misting of the foliage, or by placing the Hibiscus in a decorative tray filled with moistened pebbles.

During late spring through summer, your Hibiscus may be moved outdoors to a partially shaded area. Return it indoors before night temperatures drop below 50ºF.


Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy, never allowing it to dry out completely. Apply water until it runs out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Water overhead at least twice a month to wash dust off the leaves. If allowed to go too dry, your Hibiscus may drop flower buds and older leaves.


Repotting:

Repot to the next larger sized pot in early spring or after one year. Use a packaged houseplant soil mix.


Fertilizing:

Apply a balanced fertilizer for flowering plants twice a month, April to September.


Pruning:

Prune back any long branches in February or before new growth starts. Two times during the growing season, pinch out the new growth tips to help promote bushiness and more flower production.

Insect Control:

Hibiscus are particularly susceptible on their tender new growth to aphids and spider mites. If these “bugs” become a problem, spray the leaves thoroughly with a houseplant insecticide following label instructions, or wash off the leaves with a soapy water solution and follow with a fresh water rinse.


Toxicity:

Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.


Freeze Damage:

If subjected to periods of freezing temperatures, some damage may occur, appearing as brown spots or blackening of newer leaves. If this has occured, remove the affected leaves, and follow the care instructions. The plant should recover within a few weeks.