Growing Hibiscus

Growing hibiscus plants is relatively easy because (luckily for us) perennial hibiscus are one of the most versatile of pond side perennials and this because of their height and late flowering timing.

Here's how to grow them successfully.

Growing Hibiscus

Put this plant in the full sun to part shade for best results and in dampish soils.

Drying it out will result in loss of blooms. Keeping it underwater or standing in water will rot the roots.

The best way to grow it is to have it on slightly higher ground surrounded by damp soils. The roots go out to the damp but the crown stays fairly dry.

The plant is reliably hardy into USDA zone 4


This one is easy. It is easily divided and grows nicely from cuttings.

It also grows from seed. I note two important things here.

The first is that the modern fancy hybrids do not come true from seed.

The second is that while the seed germinates quite easily and quickly, this plant resents being transplanted in the seedling stage with a passion. Start it in the container you want to grow it up in. Do not transplant it at the seedling stage if at all possible.

Comments On Hibiscus

A mature hibiscus plant behaves much differently than a seedling and is much less finicky about its treatment. The only thing you have to watch for is drying out the ground. A mature plant can be moved and divided with absolutely no problem; it is one of the easiest plants to move and “abuse” and still recover.

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