Growing Hibiscus: Caring for Hibiscus Plants

We all love the sight of green gardens full of beautiful blooms. Read these useful tips for growing and caring for hibiscus plants.
Who can ignore the beauty of flowers! Flowers brighten up our days and can bring a pleasant feel to any environment. Flowers are used to express love, and flowers around the house makes a person feel pleasant. Growing flowering plants is almost like a passion for many. Seeing the garden full of flowering plants is a reward after all the hard work that is involved in growing plants at home.

One of the beautiful flowers that can always brighten up any atmosphere is the hibiscus. These tropical plants require plenty of sunlight. Hibiscus can be grown outdoors as well as in containers. If you wish to grow these outdoors, the climate should be warm enough to suit these plants. There are a total of three varieties that differ in terms of height. If you are planning to grow hibiscus plants in your yard, then take a look at some tips for caring for hibiscus plants.

Growth and Care of Hibiscus Plants

Purchasing this plant can be an easy task as it is available in most nurseries. Once you have bought the sapling, do not place it in direct sunlight. At this stage, the plant will only require partial sunlight. Soil plays an important part in the proper growth of hibiscus plants. The soil should always be well-drained. A well-drained soil also ensures the plant will not suffer from root rot. The pH level should range between 6 - 7 for the soil. The width of the hole should be thrice the size of the pot that contains the plant. After placing the plant in the hole, water it slightly. Adding compost to the soil also helps in the growth of the plant. Soil for this plant should be of the coarse variety.

Hibiscus plants requires a fair amount of watering but avoid excess watering during the day. This is because the soil needs to dry up before the next watering. This should be observed particularly during the cooler months. Always ensure that there is no accumulation of excess water in the soil.

Pruning hibiscus plants is necessary to maintain the shape of the plant. Regular pruning gets rid of dead wood. This will also ensure the plants branches grow in an upward direction. Make sure you use good equipment to avoid any form of plant disease from being transferred to the entire plant.

Caring for your hibiscus plants also involves protecting it from common pests. Aphids, mealy bugs, scale and thrips are pests that can infect the plant. In some cases, the branches can get affected. Certain insects live on the underside of the leaves hampering the growth of the plant. A weekly check is required to ensure the plant is free from pests. Certain insects such as spider mites are such that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. If you notice that the leaves develop a pale shade of yellow color, it might be because the leaves have been infected with this insect.

Growing hibiscus plants can be rewarding once you see the big beautiful hibiscus blooms! Enjoy your evenings sitting beneath the cool shade of the hibiscus tree!
By Kashmira Lad
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