How to Keep Hibiscus Blooming? (8 Quick Tips)

The first thing that comes to mind when the plant hibiscus is mentioned is tea, there’s no other comparable tea with its combination of a mild and bittersweet taste.

There are more than 200 types of hibiscus that pass into three states:

  1.  Tropical Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis which commonly called Chinese hibiscus. This type of hibiscus is among the most popular ones that look glossy, with some soft feeling.
  2.  Hardy Perennial and Shrub Hibiscus or let’s call it with the well-known name Rose of Sharon. This category comes in multiple color options that are smooth with slightly less gloss in comparison. 

I get it, when you put too much effort into anything, to expect the full blossom is what you expect. When things don’t go as planned, we are here to provide the needed information. 

Just a quick tip before I’m letting you know how to maintain the hibiscus blooming is knowing that this plant requires partial shade, neither direct sunlight nor excessive shady place.

For growing a healthy hibiscus plant, keeping the root moist all the time is the key point, you can take care and love the plant so much bit still cannot get the blooming you look for. 

How to Keep Hibiscus Blooming?

The blooming varies on how much you take of them and what species are they. Not all hibiscus will blossom as you expect, some breeds are just like this, they blossom less. Reading the information beforehand will lower your expectations. 

So, here are things you can do to keep your beautiful and colorful hibiscus blooming;

1. Fertilize Regularly

Just as much as you love food, the same rule goes with plants, we don’t have the same mood before and after eating, let’s be honest, so feed the plants as you feed yourself. 

You have three different fertilizer options for hibiscus plants: a diluted liquid fertilizer, a slow-release granular fertilizer, or compost that is high in potassium, which is the simplest option if your intention is to grow hibiscus outside.

During the fall and winter, put an end to fertilizing both indoor and outdoor plants because they require to shut down or so-called go into the “dormant season”, afterwards they refocus their energy from growing blossoms to growing roots.

2. Water Hibiscus Invariably

Create a schedule and do not miss it, but also be careful to avoid overwatering especially for indoor hibiscus. Always check the soil before watering because it does not need to swim in the water instead it should look moisturized only.

Watering frequency in the first week should be daily but as they mature twice a week of deep watering will be enough. 

As a sign of overwatering, you will see the root rot and less blooming. Most importantly, if you see the mushy root and yellow soft leaves, you have probably overwatered the plant.

To prevent that, put your index finger in the soil for an inch deep to feel the dryness and water the hibiscus, otherwise don’t.

3. Sunlight Exposure

Hibiscus is a tropical plant and needs daily sunlight for at least 6-8 hours (for optimal growth). Alternatively, you can place the plant in direct sunlight for 2 hours daily for compensation.  

Sunlight exposure is like two birds with one stone because you can prevent overwatering by using the sun’s heat and drying the soil plus helping the leaf color to be more vibrant.

The optimal temperature for the hibiscus plant is from 60 to 90°F. Below the 32°F, the plant is most likely to die. If you want winter survival, take it indoors and keep it at room temperature away from the air conditioner.

4. Monitor Weekly

Weekly observation will prevent undesired grass growth as well as it will protect from spider mites and insects.

If you don’t check the hibiscus plant at least once a week, you going to need to take them one by one using your hands. 

The first sign of telling that something is going wrong is leaves. They can turn yellow, and brown and eventually fall off.

5. Repot the Hibiscus Occasionally 

Repotting shouldn’t be done randomly or whenever you feel like it. Change the pot in case of

  • Roots are coming out of the drainage hole because the plant has grown and doesn’t fit anymore.
  • Roots are circling all over the soil and seem overcrowded.
  • Leaf loss out of nowhere.
  • Soil dryness happens more often than usual.

Hopefully, the video down below will help with repotting.

6. Mulch the Hibiscus to Keep Moisture

If you expect eye-pleasing blossom from your hibiscus plant, then mulch a layer all around leaving a small space to the base. This way, not only the roots will remain moisturized, but also the watering need will decrease.

If mulch isn’t placed carefully and touches the stem, most probably you will encounter root rot.

7. Keep the Soil Healthy and Pick Well-drained Pots

 The pH level in the soil needs to be between 6.5 and 6.8 on the acidic side. Many researchers claim that adding limestones to the soil will make the plant blossom and allows 2 weeks of slightly amended soil to get to the right pH level.

The pot should be well-drained and not too deep than 10 inches.

8. Prune Hibiscus in the Right Time

The best time to prune the hibiscus plant is Spring, by pruning the old ones and leaving space for the upcoming gives exceptional blooming. Cut the yellowish-looking leaves and almost dead non-vibrant flowers. Just do it don’t think twice. 

A Brief Recap

When you put extra effort into something, you want to get the best out of it. With the advice and suggestions mentioned above, you can create attractive-looking or aesthetically pleasing hibiscus. So every day, you can enjoy watching the plant while sipping your morning coffee.

Further Reading

The new assignment is due tomorrow. Check out our other articles to be informed on the frequency of watering watermelon and how to prevent overwatering in violets. If you want to spice up your gardening then hostas are a great choice, read the article to find out how much water and how often is enough to water hostas.


Ella Holmes

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