Flowers and Plants

How to Make Your Hibiscus Bloom?

Hibiscus plants have gorgeous flowers that can make any garden look spectacular. The flowers are bright, colorful and large. There are many different plant varieties so there are many flower colors you can get. In addition to flowers, hibiscus plants also have gorgeous foliage. Their leaves are glossy, strong and make a great contrast to flowers with their deep, dark green color.

If you wish to grow a hibiscus plant, it is important to know how to make it produce numerous, rich flowers. This is the best way to make your garden look exotic and vibrant.

A great thing about hibiscus plants is that they are easy to care for. You can grow them in your garden or in a container. If you wish to make your hibiscus produce more flowers, there are some important tips to follow.

Remember: the only way to make your hibiscus produce flowers is to make it happy. It is important to provide your hibiscus with everything it needs to thrive so it will reward you with lush, beautiful flowers. Taking a good care of your hibiscus is not difficult so chances are that you can make your plant produce flowers only if you make a little effort.

It is vital to provide your hibiscus with everything it needs to bloom:

Sun

Hibiscus is known as a sun-loving plant. However, it does not thrive in places that are too hot and bright. If you live in a hot area, it is better to position your hibiscus somewhere with partial sun. In less warm climates, on the other hand, make sure to place or plant your hibiscus somewhere with full sun. This is important to make your hibiscus thrive and produce lush flowers.

Water Requirements

It is important to provide your hibiscus with all the water it needs. It is a water-loving plant so you need to provide it with enough water. In fact, the only way to make your hibiscus bloom is to give it enough water. In some cases, depending on the heat and humidity, you might even need to water your plant on a daily basis. In some extremely dry conditions, watering twice per day might be needed. Remember, these are tropical plants so don’t let them dry out.

On the other hand, make sure not to over-water. Hibiscus plants don’t like to be soaking wet. It is therefore important to provide adequate drainage for your hibiscus. The best way to go is to keep the soil moist but not too wet. Your hibiscus should never sit in deep water.

In case you notice that your hibiscus is dropping leaves or if you notice yellow leaves on the top of the plant, it is a clear sign that your hibiscus is not getting enough water. On the other hand, if the yellow leaves appear in the middle of the plant, it is a sign that you are watering too much. Make sure to adjust your watering regime to give your hibiscus adequate amounts of water. This is the only way to make it thrive and produce wonderful flowers.

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Fertilizing Hibiscus

Another thing you need to take into account is the fertilizer. Most of the time, when you buy your hibiscus it will already come with a slow release fertilizer applied to the soil. In this case, you don’t have to worry about initial fertilizing. If this is the case, you won’t need to fertilize your hibiscus in the first few months.

After this period, however, make sure to apply regular fertilizing to make your plant thrive. It is best to use a diluted fish emulsion, preferably liquid and with seaweed combination. Another type of a diluted liquid fertilizer might also work. Make sure to feed your hibiscus with this fertilizer every other week. This is the only way to give your plant all the nutrients it needs and to make it produce healthy blooms.

Hibiscus Container Size

If you wish to grow your hibiscus in a container, it is important to know how big of a container to choose. If you want your plant to produce flowers on a consistently, it is best not to place it in a container that is too deep. A huge, deep container makes a good environment for your plant to grow so you hibiscus will be healthy. However, such a container makes the plant focus all of its energy on producing roots than the top growth and flowers. As a result, such a plant will have less flowers, which is not something you want.

On the other hand, if you want to use a mixed container, it is best to plant your hibiscus in a larger pot. The best one is a container that is wider than the nursery pot, but still not too deep. This way you will make your hibiscus strong and make it produce more flowers.

How to Overwinter Your Hibiscus

Another thing you need to worry about is the winter. If you live in colder climates you might try to overwinter your hibiscus indoors, but keep in mind that this is not always an easy thing to do. Your hibiscus needs at least a 2 to 3 hours of direct sun per day. This is not always to achieve indoors. If you wish to overwinter your hibiscus indoors, make sure to place the plant in an South, East or West facing windows.

Also, keep in mind that while your plant will need less water during winter, you still need to water it. This is particularly true if you have a strong heat in the home, which can make the air dry. This can be very hard on tropical plants such as hibiscus. In this situation, you need to water your hibiscus more often.

One important thing to keep in mind about flowers is that you need to remove any flower buds if you notice them. You want to prevent your plant to flower during the winter. This should wait until spring.

In the spring, make sure to cut your hibiscus back and move it to your garden or another location outdoors. Make sure to move your hibiscus only after the night temperatures rise above 50 degrees F.

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