Hibiscus - Deserves Attention
Perhaps the most easily grown and at the same time the most productive flowering plant is hibiscus. This is an easy-going plant, which enhances your garden with its bright, multi-colored, massive flowers and don’t need much attention for its growth. But wait! Though it seems that hibiscus doesn’t need any special care, there are some things which you should look into. Otherwise it may happen that this simple, yet splendid, ornament of your garden may soon leave you and this world!
First thing is the need of water! Do you water your hibiscus adequately? Remember, hibiscus being a tropical plant, needs a lot of water. If your region is dry, it may need water even twice in a day. If not, once a day watering is essential. At the same time, you must remember not to drown it. Simple to understand is the soil should remain moist. Another easy test to understand if you are giving water more or less than required to your hibiscus is to see whether its leaves are yellowing or falling at its top or in its middle. If the top leaves are falling or yellowing, you may predict that it is thirsty of water. If the falling or yellowing leaves occur somewhere in the middle of the plant, it may indicate that you have overdosed it with water.
Next important thing to look into is sunlight. Some may express an opinion that hibiscus needs full sun or partial sun, it is the observation of top hibiscus growers of the world that the plant needs a full sun if the region is cold, and partial sun if the region is hot.
Regarding fertilizers, you should be careful not to apply an overdose right after you bring the plant home, as the soil may contain sustained-release fertilizers, which may be sufficient for the initial months. After that you may start feeding your plant with fertilizers on alternate weeks. The most favorite ones of the experts are diluted mixture of fish or seaweed.
The soil is the next important matter to attend to. It should be coarse and not fine. It is often found that when we keep the soil in the pot it becomes compact. This is bad for the roots, as they don’t get enough air. Take care to keep the soil loamy, though light.
For getting beautiful flowers of your hibiscus, replanting and pruning are equally essential as other factors are. You should replant your hibiscus somewhere in spring. It may be seen that the roots have overgrown and peering out through drainage holes. They must be pruned. It they are intertwined, they should be separated. Any softened ones or the ones which have turned dark should be cut off completely. Don’t worry, if some roots break off. Root pruning is essential to lighten the overgrown roots. Afterwards replant the hibiscus. So also pruning of the plant is essential, which too can be done in spring or you can do it somewhere around September-October. Hibiscus bears not only marvelous flowers, but also lovely foliage, which if pruned properly gives utmost pleasurable look. Prune those branches which have grown sideward or have become loose. Usually 1/3rd pruning is good. If you do pruning along with the replanting, you can judge that your pruning should not be more than 1/3rd of the root volume.
Pests are another utterly important matter to look into. The commonest pest on hibiscus is Spider Mites. They should be eradicated by showering the plant with a strong blast of lukewarm water, once in a week. Aphid is another headache to encounter. This too can be eradicated in the same way.
By taking care of the above matters, you should maintain your precious garden-possession called hibiscus.