SoS: Growing Hibiscus in Containers

For my six this Saturday, I decided to focus on hibiscus growing in containers. For some reason, they thrive in our humid climate and reward us with beautiful flowers throughout the year. I do prune hard to contain growth and feed regularly which probably helps. Very occasionally (if the plant is distressed) I water with a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide (3%) to oxygenate the soil and kill off bugs and diseases.

Hibiscus is also very easy to propagate and I have developed a proven method which keeps my friends supplied with healthy plants.

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Yellow Hibiscus with red centre
Yellow Hibiscus with red centre

2.

Red hibiscus growing in pot
Red hibiscus growing in pot

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Orange Hibiscus growing in pot
Orange Hibiscus growing in pot

4.

Double yellow Hibiscus growing in pot
Double yellow Hibiscus growing in pot

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pink hibiscus growing in pot
pink hibiscus growing in pot

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Growing hibiscus in containers
Growing hibiscus in containers

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I now have ten hibiscus growing in containers and this is my latest addition. It has the same flower as the yellow hibiscus with red centre but this one is pale lemon.

Hibiscus in pot
Hibiscus in pot

Who else grows hibiscus in containers?

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  1. When I lived on Sydney Harbourside bringing up a family for over thirty years I has a big collection of Hawaiian hibiscus with huge, beautifully coloured blooms all planted in large terra cotta pots. Absolutely no problems and a long blooming season . . . beautiful! Possibly the fact that they grew on long verandas part-covered by the roofline helped as I could water just as much as needed . . . mine needed quite heavy fertilization to bring out 6-8 inch blooms . . .

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    1. Hi Eha, I think the key is making sure they are well fed to maintain the long flowering period. Did you ever wash away the soil from the roots and repot in new soil?

      I think most of the Hibiscus I am trying to collect are the Hawaiian variety as the blooms are huge!

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      1. No, I don’t think so. We basically kept them in the same pots, pruning to shape each year . . . but since we were lucky not to have much in the way of disease. just potted onto fresh good soil yearly or so without getting all the old soil off.. They are fussy temperature-wise – I am now 40km inland at 200m height with night temps about 4-5C colder and it is no-no 🙂 !

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  2. Wow, those are spectacular! They can be grown out in the garden in Beverly Hills and the rest of the surrounding Los Angeles region. They happen to be some of the flowers I remember from the big urns and planters along Wilshire Boulevard through downtown. However, the best that I had ever seen were in a nursery near Oklahoma City, where they must be brought inside for the winter. I still think that is odd; that they are more popular where they are not so easy to grow.

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    1. No, neither did I! We tried to grow hibiscus in the UK but failed miserably. The only ones I saw at that time in garden centres were blue or white with small flowers.Once I got them home and planted in the garden, they never flowered again. However, I never thought to grow them in pots. Next time I’m back in the U I must look to see if they now sell different varieties.

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    1. They don’t need full sun, in fact, the hibiscus which is the featured image grows in light shade. on the covered terrace, It gets a little morning sun and that’s it. Could you grow one in your greenhouse or conservatory? Maybe it’s the variety they have available in France. I could post you some cuttings.

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      1. I grew a yellow one in the greenhouse but I didn’t know how to overwinter it. All leaves fell, I put it in my attic, I stopped watering and it didn’t restart in the spring. I have to learn more but yes it would be nice if I made a second attempt

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        1. Fred, I water mine all through the winter. A freind in Northern Portugal, where it is VERY cold in winter, says his hibiscus always loses its leaves. The red one I have is more robust than the Hawaiian variety. I am no expert bu I think you killed it by not watering 🙂

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  3. Wow, Carole these are beautiful! I love the colors, they are so vibrant. 🙂

    Funny, I am visiting Phoenix as a possible place to live. As I drive around checking out houses, the ones that appeal to me the most have colorful flowers decorating the space.

    Blessings to you––hope all is well.
    Debbie

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      1. I do too, Carole! There’s a place called Windermere Ranch in Santa Barbara, and a big part of the mission is to help people experience the peace in nature. 🙂

        Blessings to you. Lovely to connect.
        Debbie

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  4. You’re hibiscus are beautiful. You’re so lucky that you can grow hibiscus all year round. I love hibiscus, but they’re rather pricey for an annual in our region. Sadly, there’s not much of a way for us to keep a hibiscus over winter where it’d come back in the Summer. We’re happy to have 2 small ‘Rose of Sharon’ bushes since they’re a cousin to the tropical hibiscus.
    You must have a gift for propagation of hibiscus. I think you could probably start a business selling them. 🙂

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