- Hibiscus Plants
- Hibiscus Plants are a very popular choice with American gardeners
- How to Care and Grow Hardy Hibiscus
- Planting – How Hibiscus Arrives
- Planting Needs
- Location and Light
- After Planting Care for Years of Growth
- News from Hidden Valley Hibiscus
- A Visit to the HVH Greenhouse
- Help! My Hibiscus has Stopped Blooming!
- Sun, Water, and Fertilizer
- Seedling of the Month…‘Reflection’
- 7 Must-Know Tips on Caring for Hibiscus Plants and Flowers
- Hibiscus Plant Information
- How to Care for and Grow a Hibiscus Plant
- How to Care for an Indoor Hibiscus Plant
- Hibiscus Care – Frequently Asked Questions
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Hibiscus Plants are a very popular choice with American gardeners
The beautiful hibiscus flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and H. Syriacus) is a popular choice with many American gardeners. And with their large, showy flowers available in several bold colors, it’s not hard to see why. We offer cheap hibiscus plants in four colors — white, pink, red and purple — so we’ve got a hibiscus to suit almost any color scheme.
We have hibiscus plants for sun and shade and USDA hardiness zones 4-9. And with varieties that flower in spring, summer and fall, you can have hibiscus flowers nearly all year round.
Hibiscus Plants have a brilliant, multi-seasonal color
If you love hibiscus flowers and want them for as long as possible, plant multiple varieties. Our white and red hibiscuses both flower in spring whereas our purple hibiscus blooms in summer and our pink hibiscus flowers in summer and fall. Each variety produces bright, colorful flowers that will delight people and animals in any sunny or shady spot.
Our purple and pink hibiscuses are also fragrant.
Did you know?
Hibiscus flowers are edible and have a tangy, citrusy flavor.
Hibiscus Plants can be purchased at very low prices
We love hibiscus flowers and think everyone should be able to grow them. So we’ve worked hard to bring you great, low, grower prices everyday
You can buy two, 2-3 foot hibiscus plants from as little as $14.99 and the discounts keep getting better when you buy five or more plants. Alternatively, if you want two shrubs with different colored flowers, check out our hibiscus shrub deal — two, colorful, 4-5 foot hibiscus plants for only $29.99.
If you live in an area with very cold winters, plant your hibiscus plants in a shady spot that has a warmer microclimate.
So if you want a fantastic price on shrubs that produce bright, showy, colorful flowers, our hibiscus plants produce show-stopping blooms. Grab a bargain now with prices starting at just $14.99 for two shrubs.
How to Care and Grow Hardy Hibiscus
Planting – How Hibiscus Arrives
When you receive your Hardy Hibiscus plant from American Meadows, it could look like a pot of soil with sticks. Seems disappointing, but looks are deceiving because actually there is a thriving strong root system below the soil. The hibiscus is dormant and hasn’t emerged yet. We want you to successfully grow and care for your Hardy Hibiscus. To start planting, there are a few growing conditions to consider before planting.
Hardy Hibiscus thrives best in well drained soil, amended with organic matter. Hibiscus prefers acidic soil. To add acidity to your soil, add Peat moss or potting soil to your garden. If your soil is mostly clay, consider planting Hibiscus in a raised bed, this helps to eliminate water buildup. The best time to plant Hardy Hibiscus is after all danger of frost has passed. To plant, dig a hole double the size of the pot and set the plant in, the crown of the plant should rest just at or above the soil surface. Press the new loose dirt around the plant and water. If you water and the base of the plant shows, add more soil. If you are planting multiple Hibiscus, space plants 2 to 3 ft apart in the garden. Although the plant maybe small, these beauties reach 48” – 72” Tall.
Location and Light
Hardy Hibiscus is slow to emerge in cold springs or early summers, so be patient. Hardy Hibiscus does best in full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but growth and flowering will suffer. If you live in areas with very hot summers, during the hottest part of the day, Hibiscus may need shade. Hibiscus should be planted along, or in the back of perennial flower beds.
After Planting Care for Years of Growth
Hibiscus needs lots of nutrients. There are a few ways to fertilize Hibiscus. One option is in the spring; apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant. Or apply fertilizer with 10-4-12, 9-3-13 or 10-10-10 around the base of the hibiscus. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer, too much phosphorous will kill hibiscus.
Hibiscus is hardy to zone 5. Hardy hibiscus benefits from warm temperatures for bud growth, so if it’s a cold spring or summer, growth will be slower. To keep Hibiscus warm apply a layer of mulch to protect Hibiscus in the winter and early spring.
Hibiscus needs both moist and well drained soil. If Hibiscus dries out to much it will drop all its foliage and will look like a bunch of dead sticks. When this happens don’t stress, it will re-bud, it’s the Hibiscus protecting its roots system. It’s important to not over water or underwater. If you are growing hibiscus in a container, plant your hibiscus in a pot with adequate drainage holes. Otherwise if Hibiscus is in water to long, its root will begin to rot.
Hibiscus don’t need to be pruned, but you may choose to shape Hibiscus by cutting back old growth in late fall or winter depending on your location. Otherwise Hibiscus produces new growth every year from the ground up. To encourage branching and more flower stalks, prune in early summer when Hibiscus has started to grow.
News from Hidden Valley Hibiscus
A Visit to the HVH Greenhouse
Come visit the HVH greenhouse! There it is over the hill and down in a deep canyon admidst acres of avocado trees. We’ll put the truck in 4-wheel drive, and down we go!
Hibiscus flowers greet us at the door.
Each year, our greenhouse looks more and more like a jungle, with bigger plants, taller plants, and MORE plants. It’s green, green from floor to ceiling.
Here’s Charlie, busy at work hybridizing, planting, coaxing baby hibiscus plants to root and grow. He does a good job, because the hibiscus are 8 feet tall in many places, and every one of them started from either a seed or a teeny wood graft or cutting.
Here I am, Cindy, stealing some time from work to play with the flowers. There are plenty to play with! Hibiscus flowers are EVERYWHERE as you can see below!
The hibiscus plants are so tall and the flowers are so high over my head that I’m climbing on tall pots and ladders to take pictures of them. I have to push my way through plants that have grown across all the aisles. It’s dark and shady down at my 5’3″ level, and it feels like I’m trekking through the Amazon.
This is the nursery, where all our baby plants start. It’s climate controlled, humid, warm, shady and perfectly managed for baby hibiscus plants.
These are our big, 2-gallon plants and the plants we call “stock plants” – the ones we use to propagate new baby plants. There are always lots of flowers on these plants!
These are our baby seedlings – the new hybrids that we will grow and evaluate. Less than 10% of them will end up being marketable hibiscus varieties. The rest, sadly, will have to go to hibiscus heaven. But for now, we watch and care for them tenderly, nursing each new flower and bush to see what each brand new hibiscus variety will produce.
Thank you for accompanying us on our little greenhouse tour! Some day in the next few years we will have a greenhouse that vistors can come to. Until then, we hope you enjoy our pictures!
Help! My Hibiscus has Stopped Blooming!
Exotic Hibiscus ‘Song Sung Blue’ Blooming on a 2-Gallon Plant
At this time of year, our HVH inbox gets flooded with emails that say, “Help! My hibiscus plants are healthy, green, and growing, but I have no flowers. What should I do?” We have all the answers you need on our website, but in case you can’t find them, we thought we would help point our readers in the right direction.
If your plants are babies, then it’s normal for them not to bloom. Many hibiscus like to be 3-4 feet tall before they start to bloom, and a few varieties are very slow to start blooming. If your hibiscus is young and has not yet bloomed, then don’t worry. It is expending its energy on growing leaves instead of producing flowers. When it feels strong, big, and healthy enough, it will start blooming.
However… if your hibiscus is already big and several months or a year old, it should be blooming in mid-summer. If it isn’t blooming, read on!
“My hibiscus make buds, but the buds fall off before they bloom.”
It’s midsummer, the peak of the season for a nearly invisible little flying insect called thrips. These annoying little pests fly off of many, many different flowering plants and weeds, and lay their eggs in our lovely, developing hibiscus buds. Sadly, the eggs hatch and the larvae kill the bud before it finishes developing, with the result that we see fallen buds all over the ground and no flowers.
Fortunately thrips are easy to get rid of. We have complete directions on the Thrips Page of our website. You’ll find all the help you need there to prevent and treat this obnoxious little pest. If you don’t have thrips, you may want to go ahead and treat your plants anyway, just as a preventative measure. Thrips are one of the most universal garden pests, and this is one of the cases where prevention is easy and saves a lot of heartbreak in the form of fallen hibiscus buds.
“My hibiscus aren’t making any buds at all.”
Sun, Water, and Fertilizer
There are three main things that hibiscus need in order to make buds: the right amount of sun, enough water, and enough of the right kind of fertilizer. So if your hibiscus aren’t making any buds at this time of year, look at each of these three possibilities. These are so important that we have a page for each of these areas in the Care Section of our website. Click the links below to find the help and answers you need in each area:
How Much Sun do Hibiscus Need?
Feeding and Fertilizing
Good luck and happy blooming!
Exotic Hibiscus ‘Reflection’
Seedling of the Month…
Our July Seedling of the Month is a multi-colored single named ‘Reflection.’ The 6-8″ hibiscus flower blooms with a blue body surrounding a soft pink eye. The ruffly orange and yellow edge sets off the flower in unique and interesting ways at different times of the year. ‘Reflection’ is an orphan seedling of questionable parentage. Every now and then we find a stray seed left behind on the floor or table with no pod, no tag, and no parent names. These are usually throw-away seeds, but for some reason, we went ahead and planted this little seed. Our little orphan grew into our beautiful ‘Reflection,’ and makes this flower extra special for us. ‘Reflection’ will be available for sale in 2014.
7 Must-Know Tips on Caring for Hibiscus Plants and Flowers
Hibiscus plants are some of the most common plants found in the world. Even if you are new at gardening, it’s pretty easy to care for both the plant and the flowers that bloom from it. Here is all you need to know about the hibiscus plant and how to take care of the plant so you have beautiful flowers for years to come.
Hibiscus Plant Information
Hibiscus is a plant that requires a lot of sun and water. You want to plant your hibiscus in an area that receives most of the sunlight regardless of whether you plant inside or outside. The soil will need to be rich in various organic matter and it needs to be well-draining soil. Hibiscus will need fertilizer treatments once a month. You want to use fertilizer that is high in both phosphorous and nitrogen and use this throughout the growing season.
While the hibiscus plant needs a lot of sun, it’s very important that you shelter it away from the wind. The stems are more susceptible to breakage if you get the taller varieties of hibiscus, so place them in an area where wind is not going to be much of a factor.
If you are having trouble blooming the hibiscus, it’s wise to remove as many deadheads as possible to encourage the growth.
The USDA zone for hibiscus depends upon which variety you want to plant. The common hibiscus can grown in USDA zones 5 through 10. The Rose of Sharon will grow in USDA zones 5 through 8. When it comes to the Hawaiian White Hibiscus, it will only grow in USDA zone 10. Due to the varieties of this plant, this particular plant can grow in temperate areas, subtropical areas, and tropical areas.
Types of Hibiscus Flowers
There are quite a few different types of hibiscus flowers available for you to choose from, although some are way more popular than others. Four different Tropical varieties of hibiscus are available including Simple Pleasures, Palm Springs, Aphrodite, and Bedazzled. This variation will not grow in cold climates and it’s considered an annual due to it dying off once the weather becomes colder. You will notice that the tropical variety is very bright and colorful. White blooms, yellow blooms, pink blooms, and red orange blooms are the most common colors for this variety.
Hardy hibiscus is the other type of flower and it can withstand the winter cold. Before the cold season arrives, you should be pruning the plant down some. There are four different types of hardy hibiscus including Lord Baltimore, Kopper King, Blue River II, and Scarlet Rose Mallow. The Lord Baltimore has very bright red coloration and features large petals. Blue River II has white blooms while the Kooper King features pink in the middle with lighter outer-edge coloration. The Scarlet Rose Mallow features red petals that look like a pinwheel.
How to Care for and Grow a Hibiscus Plant
Caring for a hibiscus plant is fairly simple and will pay off with beautiful blooming flowers during the active months. There are several things you can do to help your hibiscus plant grow and thrive for years to come. Light maintenance and offering the plant extra nutrients via fertilizer will go a long way in helping your plant bloom to its full potential. There are four certain tips you can follow to ensure your hibiscus plant is being cared for properly.
1. Add Worm Castings to the Soil
Worm castings are a great addition to the soil because they are a lot richer than the regular compost. That is because the worm castings are digested products of specific earthworms. Worm castings have potassium, phosphorous, nitrogen, humus, and other micro-nutrients that are highly beneficial to hibiscus.
2. Frequent but Light Fertilizer Schedule
Hibiscus plants need to be on a light fertilizer schedule for optimum growth and development. It’s best to use a balanced fertilizer for hibiscus, which means something like 10-10-10. Slow release fertilizer should be used four times a year for optimal results. Early spring, after the first bloom, middle of the summer, and early winter are the best times.
Water soluble fertilizer on the other hand requires a much more demanding fertilizing schedule. Using a weak mixture once every couple weeks during the spring and summer is best. During the fall and winter months you can slow down and only fertilize once every month.
3. Prune the Old Hibiscus Flowers
Pruning the old hibiscus flowers is a great idea and this is called getting rid of the deadhead. It’s important to remove the old flowers before seeds form so that the plant can continue to bloom.
Not only is deadheading important to bring new in new blooms, but it also makes the plant look more attractive. Take the flower stem that is behind the base and pinch the old bloom off. If you have shears, you also can use them to snip the old flowers off. There are often times a lot of dead flowers to remove at one time.
Shearing is obviously much quicker and it’s pretty easy to do. Just cut the hibiscus back one-third of the height once the flowering flush has finished. To encourage the branching you can make the cuts above the bud or leaf. Make sure to remove all trimmings from the plant after cutting to stave off diseases and pests.
4. Check Frequently for Pest Infestations
As with most other plants, you need to check your hibiscus plant regularly to ensure that no pest infestations have occurred. Aphids are small black, white, or green pests that you might find around the foliage of the plant. Whiteflies look similar to gnats and they can be found on the underside of the leaves. Thrips like to lay eggs right in the buds so check the buds to ensure no narrow-looking Thrips have made a home inside of the plant.
Scale can also be a problem and you might find them near the trunk, stems, or leaves of the plant. Scale love the sap found in the leaves and they can have either hard or soft scales attached to them. These bugs are very small and have a waxy-looking surface on them. Mealybugs are soft but have a waxy looking body. They also love to drink the sap from the trunk, stems and leaves of the hibiscus plant.
How to Care for an Indoor Hibiscus Plant
Hibiscus plants are able to thrive in indoor environments just as well as outdoor environments if you choose the right plant and take care of it properly. As with any plant, you need to make sure you are putting the plant in an area where it can thrive, which are only certain locations in a house. Caring for an indoor hibiscus plant is easy if you follow these simple rules and guidelines.
1. Pick Hibiscus that can Grow in Indoor Conditions
It’s very important that you do your homework and choose the best hibiscus for indoor conditions. With more than 200 different species of hibiscus available, it’s good to know that most of them are not suitable for indoor use. For indoor conditions the Chinese hibiscus seems to be the most popular and most likely to grow as a houseplant.
The Chinese hibiscus is tropical so this means you will need to keep it indoors during the winter and you can put it outdoors in the summer if you live in a temperate climate. In the winter this plant should be in the south-facing window to get the most sun. It’s best to use artificial light to supplement the shorter days during the winter and a timer ensures the plant will get enough sun each day.
2. Place the Hibiscus Where There’s Plenty of Sunlight
The hibiscus needs a lot of sunlight in order to grow and thrive. In your home, you should place the hibiscus in the southwest or south-facing window. If you feel that you don’t have adequate sunlight coming through, then you can use artificial light as a supplement.
3. Use a Humidity Tray to Tackle Dry Air Conditions
You can use a humidity tray if you have dry air conditions inside of your house to ensure the plant is getting all of the moisture it needs to thrive.
It’s best to use this tray in the colder months because moisture is lost when you start running the heat in your home. Take a shallow tray and fill it with a light layer of gravel. Add water to the tray and then set your hibiscus plant inside of this tray.
Hibiscus Care – Frequently Asked Questions
One of the most frequent questions revolves around watering the hibiscus indoors during the winter. Bring in the plant once temperatures outside are below freezing for consecutive days. After it’s inside you need to ensure it’s in a location that does not go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You can easily overwater the plant if it’s coming from the outdoors to the indoors. Only water the hibiscus when the soil is dry.
How to propogate hibiscus is another common question and this can be done either using the cuttings or the seeds. The cuttings are the best because it means you will have the exact same looking plant as the parent plant. Take the cuttings either in the very early summer or sometime in the spring. Find a node and cut about six-inches below that and then remove everything except the very top leaves. Grab some rooting hormones and dip the end into it and put this in a pot. Make sure the soil you are using is well-draining and then cover this with a plastic bag. Ensure the soil stays moist and keep it out of the direct sunlight.
It’s beneficial to the hibiscus if you mulch too, which is a fairly common question people have. Mulching is great because it not only provides a lot of protection for the roots, but it also helps the plant retain the moisture. Since hibiscus plants needs quite a bit of moisture, this is a great way to help the plant thrive and prevent the soil from drying out quickly.
How Much Water Does a Hibiscus Need?
The hibiscus will need to be watered every couple days thoroughly for the first three weeks after you plant them. For the first growing season you should be watering hibiscus two times a week, and then once a week every year after that. One really nice benefit to this plant is that it’s difficult to overwater them because they require and love water in almost any amount. If you have hibiscus in containers you will need to water them about four times a week.
Why Are My Hibiscus Leaves Turning Yellow and Falling Off?
There are many different reasons as to why your hibiscus leaves are turning yellow and beginning to fall off. Temperature, light, location, pests, watering issues, and nutrient deficiencies can all cause the leaves to turn yellow. Spider mites and other pests can cause the yellow and in most cases pesticide will get rid of these pests. You need to be careful because too much pesticide can also cause yellowing of the leaves.
Too much or too little sunlight or water can cause yellowing of the leaves. If you have moved your plant and the plant becomes stressed out in the new environment, yellow leaves can occur. Too hot of temperature can cause yellowing of leaves, especially if the plant is not getting enough water. If the plant is too cold there is also a risk of yellow leaves developing. If the leaves are yellow but are still on the plant, then this could be caused by a nutrient deficiency. When this happens, you will need to add some fertilizer to the soil.
Sam Choan is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.