How Often Do You Water Hibiscus? (Tips To Prevent Overwatering & Underwatering)

Hibiscus is a genus of flower plants in the mallow family Malvaceae. It is a flower that includes five or even more petals, and it comes in different colors that include white, pink, yellow, purple, blue, and many others. It can be grown in a normal flower bush that we are most used to seeing, meanwhile, it can also grow on a small tree. An interesting thing that I would like to mention from the beginning of this article is that hibiscus flowers are known as shoe flowers in China, and that is because it is used for shoe polishing, especially when it comes to polishing leather shoes. By the way, China is one of the places in which Hibiscus is produced, as well as Thailand.

Hibiscus is one of the most famous flowers, which is used to make tea, and hibiscus tea is definitely a tea that you have heard of!

Anyways, first of all, hibiscus is a plant, that needs proper care. Just like that, the light and the watering process are the first two things that you should definitely have an idea about! In this article, I will mention for you guys the watering process mostly, having in mind the question that is asked: “How often do you water hibiscus?”

Now, without any further ado, let us get this article started!

How Often and How to Water Hibiscus?

Just like many other plants, hibiscus has a watering routine as well, and it definitely should be followed, of course, if you don’t want to destroy the plant. 

A rule of thumb for watering a hibiscus is considered to check out the soil in which it is planted! You should always have in mind that the soil of a hibiscus plant should be moistened well, but not totally wet. I know it may sound confusing somehow, but still, remembering the phrase it should be moistened the job will be done correctly. 

If you just planted a hibiscus plant, the watering process should happen every day, meanwhile, if the beginning stage is over, you can change the schedule, and you should water it once every two days. 

However, a fact that should be mentioned is that watering a hibiscus flower depends on many things, and those things are the seasons and the place that you plant the flower. 

Check out the tables below to find out more about what I am talking about.

Depending on the Seasons:




Every Day


Not Specified (but check out the soil)

Depending on the Place:

Where is it planted?





Twice a Day

Methods: There are two methods of watering a hibiscus plant, and they are top and bottom watering procedures. The top watering is the normal watering method, meanwhile, the bottom one should be done while putting your hibiscus flower in anything filled with water so that its soil can suck the water within.

When to Water Hibiscus? – Underwatering Symptoms

As mentioned above, you can notice that the soil of a hibiscus flower is the greatest indicator of whether to waste it or not. However, it is not the only one. There are some other things that can help you and in fact, tell you that hibiscus flowers should be watered, and those things or symptoms are:

  • Dried Leaves
  • Shrinking Leaves
  • Crispy Leaves
  • Decoloration of Flowers
  • Super-Dried Soil

Note: Always remember to water your hibiscus plant in the early morning, so that after being watered it can have contact with light, without being dried off. Also, remember to water the roots and not the leaves or the flowers. If you water the flowers, they will fall off pretty soon.

When to Stop Watering Hibiscus? – Overwatering Symptoms

Just like underwatering, hibiscus cannot quite deal with overwatering as well. It is important to know that overwatering can cause damage to hibiscus flowers as well. Just like it can damage many different plants, to not say all of them! Here are the symptoms of overwatering a hibiscus plant:

  • Dropping Leaves
  • Yellow Leaves
  • Excessive Moisture in the Soil

Things to Know: Interesting Facts About Hibiscus

Single or Taken?

Women in Hawaii and Tahiti wear hibiscus flowers on their ears in order to tell whether they are single or not. If the flower is on the right ear, then she is single, if the flower is on the left one, she is engaged or married.

Colors, colors, and colors!

Hibiscus flowers come in different shades of colors, and the most interesting thing about them is that they are used as hair dye, and many women in China use them. Another thing related to coloring is that a hibiscus flower is used in order to make food coloration ingredients.

Drink your hibiscus tea!

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that hibiscus is known as a tea flower as well, and what is important is that hibiscus tea is known for health purposes. It includes vitamin C, and it helps lowering blood pressure. By the way, the hibiscus tea tastes quite good!

Take a shower!

Interestingly enough, in some not specified places around the world, crushed hibiscus leaves are used to make shampoos, home-made ones.

Final Thoughts

Here we are at the end of this article, in which I tried to be as clear as possible in order to help you guys with the issue of watering a hibiscus plant! It is important to stick to the things that I mentioned, and you will notice that if you do so, your hibiscus plant will be as healthy as ever!

I hope this article helps!

Further Reading

Coming at this section, I would like to mention to you guys some other articles that I have already written and the top one stands for reviving a dying hibiscus plant. If you have this issue, the article will definitely help!

As I mentioned revival, I would like to add some other articles as well! Check out how to rescue a gardenia, save a dying snake plant, and the ways how to revive a fiddle leaf fig!

Have fun!

Ella Holmes

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