I’ve got some wonderful and easy garden tips for you today!
Everyone seemed to really enjoy my four easy tips on potted geraniums, so I wanted to bring you another post on my next favorite plant. You can read all about those easy geranium tips here. I hope some of you now have some geraniums growing beautifully in pots!
Hibiscus is another one of my all time favorite plants to grow in pots. Similar story to my first geranium, I purchased my first hibiscus when we lived in California and it just sprouted out of control. My entire neighborhood was full of huge Hibiscus bushes growing wild on the side of the road too. Truly a perfect climate for a tropical plant.
Texas is absolutely not that type of climate. After growing these plants in pots for 8 years, I have discovered the best tips to make them thrive. As a kid, my mom had a red hibiscus in a pot by our little pool. Each time we emptied out our pool, that plant would get completely drenched, but I have never seen blooms that large because it loved all that water! To this day, when I see a red hibiscus plant, I think of those sweet summer days of long ago.
Quick chemist note before we start → Horticulture was something I studied along with chemistry. Horticulture actually involves some chemistry which is why I loved it so much. But here at Chemistry Cachet, I am bringing you those technical tips in an easier way. You definitely don’t have to know anything about horticulture or chemistry to grow these beautiful plants with my easy tips. 🙂
This is a TWO part series, the next in this series is a step by step guide on how to pot them. Follow on bloglovin so you don’t miss out on the next installment. Okay, here are my five easy tips on potted Hibiscus:
1. Use a large pot
The larger, the better when it comes to Hibiscus. Why? They love water, but get root rot very easy. They definitely need a large area for draining. In the picture below, my pot is too small, so I had to move it to a larger pot. They do grow fast with proper care 🙂
Along the same lines as the large pot, it is very important to have an area at the bottom of the pot for drainage. I always fill the top few inches with rocks, wood pieces, and other organic matter to provide air pockets and space for the water to drain.
3. Water often.
In the warmer weather, water daily. This is especially true if you live in an area that gets really hot in the summer! Like here in Texas, the 100+ degree days mean this tropical plant needs significant amounts of water. I heavily water mine every morning in the summer.
Again, summer can be rough on this plant so they need ample amounts of shade with a little morning sunlight. If the day is temperate, they can have a little more sunlight, but I have the best luck when they have more shade than anything. Although, in the spring and fall, the sunlight is more gentle, so I would do half sun, half shade.
5. Bring them inside in the winter!
We can have some pretty rough winters in Texas too, so I keep my Hibiscus plants alive in the winter by bringing them inside when it gets below freezing. During the winter, they need very little water or they will get root rot. If you notice they are looking pretty bad, bring them into some sunlight and lightly dampen the soil.
I have had the same hibiscus plants for years by following these tips. These plants get so big in the summer, it is like my own tropical paradise on the patio. Just for fun, I wanted to show you a picture of my first Hibiscus plant below. We lived in a tiny apartment, so I turned my balcony into a garden paradise. This was the first bloom ↓ 🙂