Here is the second part of my Potted Hibiscus Series.
Today I am sharing with you how to pot hibiscus step by step, so you can have your own tropical ambiance on the patio, backyard or anywhere you have space!
In case you missed it, the first part was all about how to easily take care of potted hibiscus. As I mentioned in that post, I have been experimenting and growing Hibiscus for over eight years now, and have found the best ways to take care of them so they grow big and healthy. When we lived in Southern California, they grew easily and abundantly. In Texas, it takes more effort to keep them beautiful, but it can be done!
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Now, taking care of your plant is one part, but potting it is also crucial. You want to ensure the plant has the best chance for growth and survival. Most of you know that I am a scientist, so I experiment and research every detail of a topic to make sure I bring you the most correct information. So, now I am going to share with you how to pot hibiscus step by step!
Quick chemist note before we start → I studied horticulture in college while getting my chemistry degree. Most of this information is what was taught and information we researched. A few of my garden tips and tricks are also from trial and error, which I share the most tried and true method. At Chemistry Cachet, you can always find easy, non-technical gardening tips! 🙂 Feel free to reach out with questions too!
1. First, always pick out a pot that is really big. At least double or triple the size of the plant you have.
If you read my tips on how to care for hibiscus, you know they LOVE water, but they get root rot easy! They need ample space for drainage. I always put a layer of small rocks in the bottom, followed with some wood chips or other light way biodegradable material (so it isn’t quit as heavy).
3. Add just enough soil on top so when you set your plant down inside, the top of it will be a little below the top of bottom (a few inches below top).
4. Next you want to fill in the rest of the space with potting soil. Every few inches of soil you add, tap down with your hand or shovel to tighten it. This will remove any air pockets that may be inside. Add soil until it slightly covers the top of base.
I usually fill a water pot and over the course of a few minutes, slowly empty it into the pot. If your potting soil has fertilizer in it (I usually buy the kind that does), then you are good to go. If not, add in some slow release fertilizer before you water.
This hibiscus already has some buds on it that will bloom soon! I have potted hibiscus without using these tips, and they don’t look as lush, so I swear by it now!
Hibiscus is the perfect summer flower in my opinion 🙂 I hope you can plant some soon and enjoy some beautiful color this summer. If you like my easy garden tips, make sure to follow me for more great tips. I am always posting pretty flower pictures on instagram too 🙂
To make sure you get all the best summer care tips for your potted flowers, visit this post!
Let me know if you have questions! What is your favorite summer flower?