Hibiscus are known for their unmistakeable blooms that immediately invoke the feel of the tropics. The large, showy flowers come in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, pink, and many more. Plants may be grown in containers that are overwintered indoors. Outisde in the summer, they add a tropical feel to any backyard patio, and they also may be grown in sunny rooms (bright light but not full sun) as houseplants. Plants may also be purchased in containers in spring and grown as annuals. Plants appreciate consistent moisture and high humidity. Regular watering, misting and fertilization during the growing season are advisable. Roots should never dry out. Set container in a bed of moist pebbles to increase humidity. Plants are sensitive to changing conditions. During the growing season, moving containers to different locations or changing temperatures or poor light may result in bud drop. Plants should be overwintered in 60 degree F. locations with reduced watering and reduced fertilization. Prune out 1/3 of old wood plus cut back stems by 1/2 in early spring to keep plants healthy and compact.
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun.
Glabrous, toothed, shiny green leaves.
Large funnel-shaped flowers in a variety of colors, each lasting one day.