How to Grow Hibiscus | Guide to Growing Hibiscus

How to Grow Hibiscus | Guide to Growing Hibiscus  



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Hibiscus tea has been consumed for ages because it is a soothing, tasty beverage that can be prepared quickly and easily. It has a sweet, aromatic flavor and high levels of vitamin C & antioxidants.


Perennial (zones 8-11)

7-13 days at 65-85° F

2 years

Well-drained, moist

Full sun

Flower, leaf

3' apart

120 days

Growing Guide
Hibiscus is a fast growing shrub that can grow to 6 feet or taller and will show stunning red and white blooms from late summer into fall.


Hibiscus require lots of direct sunlight, and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types. For best results, select a location with rich, fertile, loamy soil. The soil must be well-drained and moist, so if growing in light soil or soil that does not retain moisture, extra water and attention is essential.

Hibiscus seeds are easy to germinate, but should be started in a greenhouse or indoors with warm soil (70° F or higher). Transplant into larger containers if needed, but wait til after the first frost to transplant. If growing as a perennial in warmer climates, it may be beneficial to keep indoors til the second season as this will result in a more stable, productive plant over time.


If growing in cooler zones, Hibiscus can be overwintered indoors and re-placed outdoors the next year. If growing in containers, select one with good depth as Hibiscus grows a deep, thick taproot for stability and to extract nutrients.


Harvesting Guide
The flowers can be collected in fall into early winter and used for teas, jams, jellies, pectins, raw salads and more. The young leaves and stems also make a nice addition to salads and other dishes.



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