Hibiscus is a stunning flowering plant from the mallow family of the Malvaceae genus. The main genus is quite hefty and incorporates almost hundreds of species.
Hibiscus plants are native to the warmer tropical climate but easily adaptable to normal home temperatures. Thus, you can grow a healthy hibiscus plant easily in any corner of your house, whether it is in an indoor garden or an outdoor yard.
Here are some interesting facts you must know about this Indo-Asian flowering plant to grow it more expertly at your place-
- 1 Why are the Leaves of My Hibiscus Plant Turing Yellow?
- 2 How to Revive a Dying Hibiscus Plant?
- 3 How To Care for Hibiscus Plant:
- 4 How to Propagate Hibiscus Plant?
Why are the Leaves of My Hibiscus Plant Turing Yellow?
Vibrant flowers of a healthy hibiscus plant look even more attractive while blooming around deep green foliage. green leaves are also a sign of the healthiness of your growing hibiscus plant.
So, once you find that the leaves of your hibiscus plant are turning yellow, you must give the plant more attention until you find its true cause and solve them accordingly.
Common Causes of Yellow Leaves:
Some typical reasons for this yellow-leaf issue are-
- Low light or inadequate sunlight through indirect sun or sun with partial to full shade
- Fluctuation in temperature with frequent temperature changes
- Lack of nutrients with irregular fertilization
- Watering issues due to overwatering or underwatering
- And untreated insects infestation
Related: Why my hibiscus is not flowering
How to Deal with This?
Fortunately, you can stop this issue and revive those yellow leaves successfully with some smart and effective tips, such as-
- Give your growing hibiscus plant direct sunlight through full sun exposure
- Water it regularly and use only the growing medium that drains excellently
- Use a planter that has good drainage holes for the potted hibiscus plants
- Fertilize your plant once a month, especially during the growing season, and don’t forget to amend it once every few whiles
- Protect your plant from the harshness of environments like too-cold frost or unbearable heat waves, etc.
- And give your plant proper remedy methods for any pest or insect infestation, before it turns lethal for your hibiscus plant.
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How to Revive a Dying Hibiscus Plant?
Hibiscus is a hardy plant and thus, can thrive consistently under plenty of intricate conditions. However, keeping your plant inattentive for long and away from proper care may lead to an unfortunate outcome like dying.
However, you can save some of them, if you apply the recovering method in time. To do so, you must find the reasons for a dying hibiscus plant and resolve it from its root.
Here are some useful tips you must consider in this attempt-
Common Reasons for Dying:
- If you keep your plant in a low-humid place for long
- When you couldn’t provide your plant with enough sunlight for long
- If your plant face transitioning condition due to seasonal changes
- When you keep your plant unprotected under the harshness of a cold blast or heatwave
- If you keep the soil drought due to irregular fertilization for long
- When you never water your plant in time or water it unnecessarily
- If your plant is getting root decay due to water-logged issues due to improper drainage
- When you use a high-phosphorous fertilizer for your hibiscus plant
- If you keep the plant at a low temperature that is below 50° F for long
- When you use saturated soil for the plantation that interrupts the uptake of nutrients and moisture to the roots
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Tips to Recover:
- Keep the soil evenly moist by often misting, apart from watering
- Place the planter away from open window drafts
- Make sure the planting soil is consistently moist and properly drained at the same time
- Keep your hibiscus plant in a partially shady area if it’s a scorching summer
- Bring an artificial humidifier to maintain the humidity level high
- Look for any insect infestation and treat it as soon as probable
- And keep the basic caring methods and schedule watering, fertilizing, pruning, and repotting courses properly in time.
How To Care for Hibiscus Plant:
- Soil: This plant prefers loamy and sandy soil with well-drain quality. Make the soil rich enough with organic matter and keep the pH level slightly acidic for the best result.
- How often to water: Hibiscus plants are quite thirsty. Try to water it daily with normal tap water, especially during scorching summer days. Reduce the watering 2-3 times a week in other seasons and always use lukewarm water for the best result.
- Fertilizer: Try to feed your plant once a month or once every 2 months with any granulated fertilizer. Keep the ratio of NKP 3-1-4 to boost the blooming quality in your plant more rapidly.
- Sun Exposure: Hibiscus plants always thrive best while put outdoors due to their sunlight requirements. Remember that more sun exposures mean more flowers. Provide your plant with 8-9 hours of direct sunlight under full sun exposure.
- Climate: Due to being a warmer-climate plant, hibiscus always wants a whole-hearted temperature. Keep the growing temperature between 60° to 85° F with a highly humid atmosphere.
- Pruning: Do the pruning session in spring and try to remove almost 1/3 parts of the stem from a bushier hibiscus plant to promote the growth more excitingly. Trim out any discolored or unhealthy leaves along with leggy stems during this process.
- Repotting: You need to replant your hibiscus plant once every 1-1.5 years to keep the roots healthy. Try to avoid using clay pots during this time, as clay pots may increase the alkaline level in the soil unknowingly. Mulch your plant every time you repot them to hold the water for a longer period.
- Pests and Bugs: Due to being a vibrant flowering plant, hibiscus often attract many pests and bugs to their blossoms as well as green foliage. Aphids, ants, coast flies, thrips, hibiscus mites, etc. are some common nuisances you may face. Try to apply organic remedies like glycerin, neem-infused coconut oil, soap spray, peppermint oil, etc. are some useful items in this regard.
Mealybugs infestation on hibiscus plants: Use neem oil and soap spray or use a forced stream of water to wash the mealybugs off the plant. As pests suck the nutrients make the plant look lifeless which also results in reduced leaf and flower size. Learn more about quick ways to get rid of mealybugs.
Benefits: What is Special About Hibiscus Plant?
The Hibiscus plant is not just another common flowering plant with beautiful blossoms. It has many valuable significances, which make hibiscus a must-have plant for many gardeners. Some of these important facts are as follows-
- Unlike many common flowering plants, hibiscus contains anthocyanins properties
- This agent helps hibiscus grow with such an eye-catchy vibrant red shade
- Petals of hibiscus plants contain some supremely beneficial antioxidant properties
- Phenolic acid, organic acid, flavonoid acid, etc. are some other advantageous compounds you can find in this flowering plant
- And flowers of the hibiscus plant hold some spiritual significance in Indian and some Asian territories.
How Long Hibiscus Plants Could Live?
Hibiscus plants are a long-lived species and thus stay for a longer while comparing normal flowering plants. A potted hibiscus plant could live up to 10 years in a wider planter and with proper care.
Garden hibiscus plants could even live longer than potted ones. Hybrid species of hibiscus can live around 10-11 years though. But the traditional varieties can live almost 50 and more through moderate care and some fundamental growing essentials.
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Is The Hibiscus Plant Poisonous/Toxic?
Most hibiscus species are not at all poisonous and are safe for house pets as well as babies. Only the genus of Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus is a bit toxic to your house pet. The toxic elements of this plant can initiate some mild poisonous issues in your furry friend. Such as-
- Or diarrhea
This only happens when your pet ingests a larger amount of hibiscus plant at once. If we talk about humans, the hibiscus plant and its flowers hold health benefits rather than being poisonous.
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How to Propagate Hibiscus Plant?
The propagation of a hibiscus plant is smoother than you could ever imagine. Let’s learn this process in step by step method-
Supplies You Need:
- A disinfected shear or pruner
- A container of rooting hormone
- A glass of distilled water
- A 6-8 inch long planter
- Growing medium prepared with peat moss and sand in 1:3 ratio
- A plastic bag
- And a sprayer
- Find a smooth and newly grown stem with some green leaves on your parent’s plant
- Cut the stem about 4-6 inches long and remove the below-leaves entirely
- Make sure you cut the stem on the area where a leaf was growing from
- Dip the end in a rooting hormone and place the cutting in a glass of distilled water
- Let the end steep in the water for a couple of weeks until new shoots come out
- You can even sow the cutting directly in the potting soil if you want, by skipping this water-submerging process
- Water the soil with a sprayer carefully then, to make it evenly moist
- Now cover the planter in a plastic bag and place it in a warm spot in the house
- A plastic cover is essential for both methods, whether it is water or soil propagation
- New shoots will come after 4-6 weeks, then you can replant them in your garden or a wider plater to let the hibiscus plant thrive more vigorously.
Additional Method: Propagate Hibiscus From Leaves
Ref: Dian Garden Tips – Hibiscus Plant Propagation From Leaves