All About HibiscusWhen purchasing hibiscus plants, it's important to know which variety you are buying. While the hardy hibiscus can survive in most climates, the tropical hibiscus cannot live outdoors in temperatures much below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy the tropical hibiscus as an indoor container plant, and set it outside during the summer. Or, they may purchase it with the idea of using it as an outdoor annual for one season. This page will present information about the hardy hibiscus.
The hardy hibiscus is quite an amazing plant. It dies off every winter, and seems to take forever to get going in the spring. But once it starts growing, it takes off like a rocket and you end up with a bush that may reach eight feet tall and six feet wide. Not only is the plant large, but the buds and blossoms are gigantic as well. Some may reach the size of a dinner plate. However, if you don't have that amount of space to devote to the hibiscus, there are now smaller varieties. The flowers come in shades of pink, reds and white, and usually arrive in late July or early August. Each flower only lasts one day, but new ones bloom continuously right up until the first frost.
Growing HibiscusAs noted above, make sure you have a hardy hibiscus. Choose a location that receives sun for at least five hours a day. After the last frost, set the plant into the ground at the same depth as the container in which it came. Water well, and keep it watered well throughout the growing season. When you have received a hard frost in the fall, cut the plant back to eight to twelve inches in height. If your winters are abnormally cold, you may wish to mulch with leaves or straw.