Growing Hibiscus in Pots
The hibiscus is known for its large, beautiful flowers and summer heat resistance. Though it is most often grown outside in the ground, hibiscus can also be grown in containers. These showy plants not only look great in pots, they also require minimal maintenance. Here are some tips for growing hibiscus in pots.
Choose the Right Pot
- Choose the biggest pot that fits your space. Hibiscus can spread and need plenty of room.
- Use ceramic, wood, or plastic pots with drainage holes at the bottom.
- You can even use half-barrels or large tubs to grow hibiscus.
- Plant in well-draining soil. You can even purchase pre-mixed soil that is specifically made for container plants.
- Keep the soil moist but not overly wet. The plant should have enough water but not soggy, as hibiscus can be affected by root rot if planted in damp soil.
- Fertilize regularly using organic or water-soluble fertilizer.
- Give enough direct sunlight to your hibiscus. Pots are usually much smaller than a garden, so ensure your plant is getting enough sun by moving around your patio or deck.
How to Tell if Your Plant is Healthy
- Healthy hibiscus plants have lush green leaves.
- The flowers should be vibrant and the buds should open properly.
- Pollination of the flowers is also a sign of health.
With a bit of patience and TLC, you can have a thriving hibiscus plant in a pot on your patio or deck. Enjoy the beauty and color of hibiscus all summer long.