A hibiscus plant will make your home feel tropical and splendid, even if you don’t have a big garden and they’re easy to take care of if you know how.
Well, a range of hibiscus that seldom reach more than 1.5 m, have been specifically bred for pots and small gardens. If 1.5 m is still too tall for you, you can keep the height in check.
Potting up a hibiscus is a simple job, so don’t let the thought of it put you off having one of these stunning plants on your patio!
Take the plant out of the black bag it came in and gently tease out the roots. Speaking of roots, the hibiscus does not have invasive roots at all, so you can plant it near walls without danger.
Pop the plant centrally in the pot and make sure it isn’t too low in the pot. Remember – you don’t want any plant planted deeper than it was growing in the bag it comes in or you may cause collar rot.
Finally, finish off the planting with a good drink of water. We recommend adding a dose of Kelpak liquid plant food to the water to get the plant off to a good, quick start. Hibiscus plants in the garden should be fed with a fertiliser like Wonder Super Bloom or Atlantic Flower and Fruit in spring and mid-summer. Those in containers would really appreciate a feeding of Nutrifeed or Wonder Colour Boost, to help them stay healthy.
In terms of pruning, only prune after flowering – you can remove up to half of the current growth. In fact, you can reduce the plant by up to three quarters if you want the plant to stay compact. Don’t be scared when pruning a hibiscus – bad pruning won’t kill it!
Everything you need to plant and take care of your hibiscus is available at your local Builders store as well as on-line at Builders.co.za.
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