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Hibiscus
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Tropical evergreen shrub with eye-catching, large, vibrant-colored flowers and glossy, green leaves. Grows 8 to 15 feet tall. Blooms in spring, summer and fall in a wide range of colors, including white, coral, red, pink, yellow, apricot and orange.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

    • Protect

        Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

  • February
    • Water

        In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

    • Protect

        Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

  • March
    • Water

        In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants once a week and container plants twice weekly.

    • Prune

        Prune out 1/3 of old growth from prior year.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant when the nighttime temperatures remain at 60 degrees or above. Locate the plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants once a week and container plants twice weekly.

    • Prune

        Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the nighttime temperatures remain at 60 degrees or above. Locate the plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants 2 to 3 times per week.

    • Prune

        Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

    • Mulch

        Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    • Transplant

        Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants 2 to 3 times per week.

    • Prune

        Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    • Transplant

        Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

    • Prune

        Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    • Transplant

        Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

    • Prune

        Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    • Transplant

        Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

  • October
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

    • Water

        Water in-ground plants once a week and container plants every 3 to 4 days.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

  • November
    • Water

        Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

  • December
    • Water

        In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

    • Protect

        Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

            • May

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

            • June

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

            • July

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

            • August

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

            • September

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant when the nighttime temperatures remain at 60 degrees or above. Locate the plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

            • May

              Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

            • June

              Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

            • July

              Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

            • August

              Plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • May

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • June

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • July

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • August

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • September

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

              • October

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

              • February

                In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

              • March

                In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants once a week and container plants twice weekly.

              • April

                Water in-ground plants once a week and container plants twice weekly.

              • May

                Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants 2 to 3 times per week.

              • June

                Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants 2 to 3 times per week.

              • July

                Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

              • August

                Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

              • September

                Water in-ground plants twice a week and container plants every 1 to 2 days.

              • October

                Water in-ground plants once a week and container plants every 3 to 4 days.

              • November

                Water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

              • December

                In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants every two weeks and container plants once a week.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Prune out 1/3 of old growth from prior year.

              • April

                Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

              • May

                Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

              • June

                Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

              • July

                Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

              • August

                Pinch out stem tips to increase flower production.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • May

                Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

              • June

                Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

              • July

                Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

              • August

                Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

              • September

                Maintain a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark at the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

              • February

                Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

              • December

                Protect in-ground plants with frost cloth if temperatures dip below 30 degree Fahrenheit. Pull container plants next to the house.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • April

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • May

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • June

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • July

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • August

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • September

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

              • October

                Check the underside of foliage for aphids and giant whitefly.

            • Treat for Pest/Disease

              How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • April

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • May

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • June

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • July

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • August

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • September

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

              • October

                Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plants for evidence of parasitized whiteflies before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

            • Transplant

              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Transplant when the nighttime temperatures remain at 60 degrees or above. Locate the plant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

              • May

                Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

              • June

                Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

              • July

                Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

              • August

                Transplant in a full-sun location in a rich soil with excellent drainage. If the ground does not drain well, plant in a raised bed or container.

            • Propagate

              When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Harvest

                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Special requirements

                  Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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