Bring home a wave of fresh tropical air with this beautiful flowering plant- Hibiscus. A native of the Eastern North America, Hibiscus has conquered the planet with its ability to adapt to diverse environments as it is also a favorite among South Asian gardening enthusiasts. The plant produces exotic looking flowers that are the main attraction of this perennial plant. The flowers of the hibiscus are used for a number of reasons in India. Ranging from being used as an offering to deities to an essential component in hair oils to making perfumes, the flowers are loved by all. Not just that, the foliage is also a deep green that adds color to even the dullest of surroundings.
Common name: Hibiscus
Scientific name: Hibiscus moscheutos
Size: The plant with a moderate growth rate, it springs upto 3 to 7 ft vertically.
Maintenance: This plant isn’t fussy. However, it does require attention. The plant requires moderate maintenance.
Toxicity: A killer beauty, as it is toxic to the four-legged fur balls. Hence, it will be best if you keep it out of reach of pets.
Where to keep the plant: In the balcony as plant likes sunlight.
A small hibiscus plant needs less water in comparison to a big tree. However, the plant requires a good amount of water daily on a hot day. Winters are a different story, water only when the soil feels dry to touch.
Hibiscus plants thrive in direct sunlight and a little bit of partial shade. The plant looks too bright to be dumped in a dark corner. Let it bask in the glorious sun rays.
The soil needs to be loamy in nature to retain moisture. Slightly acidic soil can prove to be much efficient for the healthy growth of the plant.
High humidity is what the plant will enjoy the most. If you stay at a place where the air is dry, do not forget to mist your plant. Placing the pot on partially soaked pebbles can also help.
It is a heavy feeder. The plant will like a weekly dose of liquid fertilizer, other than that a slow-releasing solid fertilizer can also work. Make sure you feed the plant from the growing season to early winters.
Hibiscus plants can be propagated easily through seed germination as well as cuttings. The cutting has a higher success rate and it is super easy as the stem or cutting of a healthy plant is just planted in moist soil and watered daily till new shoots appear. Many recommend the use of growth hormone to be applied at the cut end of the cutting to boost the growth of the cutting. It takes around 6-8 weeks to show primary growth.