HIBISCUS CARE GUIDE
How to Properly Care for Hibiscus in Your Landscape
Hibiscus can be grown into medium to large shrubs, colorful unique hedges, and accent pieces since they are known for their beautiful flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. The leaves of a hibiscus often grow with toothed or rugged edges and the flowers grow into a large trumpet-like shape, with five or more petals. These flowering shrubs prefer to be planted in well-prepared and well-drained soil and they need even moisture for their roots while establishing themselves. Tight soil tends to suffocate new transplants. They will grow great when planted in an area that receives full to partial sun.
How to Water Your Hibiscus
During its first growing season, water the Hibiscus regularly to help establish a healthy and robust root system. To water, deep soak around the root ball. If using a water hose, set the hose on a slow trickle so that it can thoroughly saturate the root ball. To help retain moisture in the roots, add a two to three-inch layer of mulch. Mulching is also a great way to prevent weeds. Be sure to keep mulch at least two inches away from the trunk. Allow the soil to fully dry before watering again. Make sure to lessen your watering schedule during the cooler months and increase it during the warmer months.
We never recommend placing landscape stone or gravel on the roots of this, or any, newly-planted shrub.
How to Fertilize Your Hibiscus
For best results, apply Moon Dust three times a year. For an easy way to remember, we recommend fertilizing with Moon Dust on Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Valentine’s Day (or whichever holidays work for you!). For best results, apply Moon Juice every month. Those that live in Arizona and Nevada should supplement with our Soil and Water Conditioner because of the high levels of salt found in the local water. Apply fertilizer at the edge of the shrub canopy line.
How to Trim Your Hibiscus
The Hibiscus plant thrives on proper trimming techniques. Trimming helps stimulate new flower growth. It is best to trim during the spring and conduct light pruning in late summer/early fall for continued stimulated growth. Removing dead or weak branches is essential to create new growth and benefit the existing healthy branches. For a bush look, prune the tips from spring to fall. When pruning, only cut the area a third of the way down the branch.