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How to How to Plant a Hibiscus

How to How to Plant a Hibiscus

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Planting a Hibiscus plant needs care
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Published by: Dr.Eswara Reddy Siddareddy on Nov 04, 2013
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 How to Plant a Hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis). 
S ESWARA REDDYHibiscus are one of the most dramatic shrubs ou can !row to "ro#ide ele!ance to a !arden . $heir e%otic blooms and !loss lea#es add a dramatic accent to tem"erate !ardens. $here are man different #arieties of hibiscus includin! "erennial& annual& e#er!reen and deciduous #arieties. Ste"'Select a "lantin! site for tro"ical hibiscus in full sun that is "rotected from the wind. Heat and li!ht "romote bloomin!. A southern-facin! wall is ideal. Ste"Di! a "lantin! hole twice as lar!e as the root ball to hel" roots become established uic*l. Ste"+
 
Amend the "lantin! hole with or!anic com"ost and "erlite or crushed la#a roc* to "romote e%cellent draina!e. ,f our soil is hea#& consider "lantin! hibiscus in raised beds or containers. Ste"entl remo#e the hibiscus from the nurser container& slidin! the "lant from the can if "ossible. /therwise& cut the can awa from the root ball. Hibiscus ha#e delicate roots and the "lant will suffer if the are dama!ed. Ste"0Plant hibiscus so that the to" inch of the root ball is abo#e-!round. $his ensures that the crown of the "lant will not rot. 1ill in the "lantin! hole with or!anic com"ost until the desired "lantin! hei!ht is reached. Ste"2,mmediatel after "lantin!& water to settle the soil. ,f the "lant sin*s& !entl remo#e it from the hole& add more soil& and re"lant. Ste"34ulch under "lants to "re#ent moisture loss and weed !rowth.
How to 5are for a Hibiscus
Ste"'Water hibiscus when the soil is dr to the touch. $he roots must remain constantl moist& but not wet. Well-drained soil is *e. Ste"
 
1ertili6e hibiscus e#er + wee*s with a low nitro!en fertili6er (7-'7-'7) a""lied durin! the s"rin! and summer. Phos"horous and "otassium& the last two numbers on the fertili6er label& encoura!e flower "roduction and root !rowth. Ste"+ $i" "rune hibiscus to *ee" the "lants bush and full of blooms. Pinch off the ti"s of branches to encoura!e multi"le !rowth ti"s further down the stem. Ste"A""l a laer of or!anic mulch under "lants to "re#ent moisture loss and weed !rowth. Ste"0A""l a hi!h nitro!en fertili6er at '8 stren!th when leaf color fades. Yellow lea#es indicate a hun!r "lant or under-waterin!.  $he folia!e should be a dee" !loss !reen. An a""lication of a balanced slow release fertili6er in the s"rin! will encoura!e new !rowth. 1oliar feedin! is acce"table. Ste"2Remo#e faded flowers to *ee" "lants loo*in! tid. roomin! also discoura!es insect "ests b eliminatin! their hidin! "laces. Ste"3Protect hibiscus from cold weather. 4o#e "lants !rown in containers to a "rotected area. Plants !rown in the !round should be co#ered if tem"eratures are e%"ected to dro" below free6in!. Ste"9A""l an anti-trans"irant to "rotect "lants from e%cessi#e heat or cold. 5loud 5o#er is a "roduct which "re#ents moisture loss throu!h the folia!e due to trans"iration.

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