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Essentials of Hibiscus Care

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Vigorous, versatile and incredibly appealing, Hibiscus is a plant fit for every garden setting. A breathtaking range of flower color, glossy, elegant leaves and abundant charm- that’s what hibiscus plants bring to the scene! Growing hibiscus plants is a fairly simple process, but you’ll need to be careful if you want the plants to adorn your garden for years. Take a look at some of the key essentials of hibiscus care.

•Water is amongst the most essential requirements of hibiscus plants. Make sure you irrigate hibiscus plants regularly, so the soil doesn’t dry out at any point during the growing period.

•Fertilize your plants in spring, using a standard low nitrogen fertilizer. Repeat every 3 weeks, right until the end of summer.

•Aphids, bugs and other insects can pose a serious threat to hibiscus plants. The best way to protect your plants is to monitor them at regular intervals. This will allow for early detection of diseases or infestations, thus, giving you the chance to take remedial measures before the problem gets worse.

•If you’re growing hibiscus in containers, make sure the plant sits in a sunlit spot, over a tray or plate where excess water can be collected. Water standing too long in the tray can assist fungal growth. It’s hence important you remove the water at regular intervals.

•Prune hibiscus flowers in spring, using sharp, preferably sterilized pruning shears. Make sure to leave at least 2-3 nodes on the branches for new growth. Remove all leggy branches, along with the dead or infected growth.

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September 4, 2012
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