Ahh, The beautiful Hibiscus Tree, forever blooming hibiscus perennial, what I love about this tropical plant is that it comes in so many colors and can be shaped into anything and how to grow hibiscus can be very easy to do.
If you want to keep Tropical Hibiscus Plants as a shrub and porperly care of hibiscus you can, just let it grow and shape it into a beautiful growing hibiscus tree just by pruning hibiscus, its that easy and you can't hurt it.
I will give you all my knowledge and all tips on how to grow the most hardy beautiful blooms, by caring for and transplanting hibiscus plants the correct way.
I'll give you the history of the hibiscus, its origination and what it means.
Hope you enjoy the beautiful hibiscus images I have provided for you of the Tropical Hibiscus Tree and Plants.
Also I have provided links to nurseries that sell the best quality hibiscus flowers and plants.
With the proper care of hibiscus and pruning hibiscus you can grow a magnificent hibiscus shrubs and trees that will produce healthy plants for propagating hibiscus which in turn you can have beautiful hibiscus cuttings for a beautiful hibiscus flower designs put together in hibiscus bouquet either for you home, or wedding hibiscus bouquets.
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Caring For Hibiscus Plants
Hibiscus flowers from the Tropical Hibiscus Tree prefer to be taken care of and grown in warm temperatures.
They bloom best with temperatures ranging from 60 to 90 degrees.
The hibiscus needs to be watered carefully. Make sure you do not over flood the roots because it may cause rotting or mildew of the roots.
Keep a constant moistness of water for the plant in warm weather it helps it to keep a thick green leafs and will often cause it to bloom more as well.
In colder weather, only water the plant if it looks dry.
The hibiscus tree needs to be fed plant food, I love miracle gro shake and feed, its easy to use.
Try to keep all insects and pests away so the flower does not get ruined. If you are potting your flower, make sure the pot has plenty of drainage.
I love the color in this hibiscus flower picture !
Caring for Hibiscus Plants and Flowers
Make sure to apply a high nitrogen fertilizer (0-10-10) is best, at 1/2 strength when leaf color starts to fades. If you are getting yellow leaves this usually means your plant is hungry plant or being under watered. The foliage and leafs should be a deep glossy green with means your hibicus plant is healty. Apply my favorite slow release fertilizer by miracle gro in the spring will encourage new growth, this relly makes your plant produce more beautiful blooms.
When growing hibiscus prune hibiscus to keep the plants bushy and full of blooms.
Pinch off the tips of branches to encourage multiple growth tips further down the stem. this is important when caring for hibiscus as many other leafy trees.
Hibiscus trees should be pruned occasionally, which is usually done in the spring.
Regularly pruning of these plants will make better shaped plants, as well as cause the branching and blooming of the flowers to increase.
Pruning will allow the plant to produce hormones that activate buds that have become dormant. This will reduce the amount of insects infesting the plant by cutting off older leafs and branches.
There can be some negatives to pruning. The main drawback is that you will not see any blooms in the area you pruned for at least a couple of months. The other is the fact that your plant will look smaller or out of balanced until the new growth comes in which is no big deal because it’s going to make your tree so much prettier in the long run.
Hibiscus Propagation and How to Propagate Your Plants & Planting Hibiscus
Hibiscus can be propagated from seed, or from cuttings from an existing tree.
If you have a wonderful hibiscus tree with the beautiful flowers that you wish to propagate, you can use cuttings from the tree.
When transplanting the tropical hibiscus plant there is no guaranteed same color flower as the mother plant will be produced, as it can have characteristics of past generations just like humans, but using a good hibiscus fertilizer definately helps.
Cuttings should be taken during the warmer months, April through September is the best time.
Cuttings are placed into a media of coarse, sharp sand and some peat moss, about 3 parts sand to 1 part peat being suitable proportions.
Clean the sand with running water and allowed to drain. Then add the peat and mix together. Add crushed brick or similar drainage material to the bottom of the propagating box before adding the mixture about 5”. Watering is needed to settle the media and then a nail or dibble stick is used to punch 1 1/2 inch holes to place the cuttings into.
Cuttings should be about 5 to 6 inches long. Cut straight across just under a leaf node and some of the lower leaves removed from the cuttings.
Remember, the more leaves, the faster they strike! Cuttings should then be pushed gently into the dibbled holes and put into place. They should not be planted too deeply. The box should then be watered again and keep the media moist from then on but not excessive water.
Hibiscus Yellow Leaves
All hibiscus will get yellow leaves from time to time this is nothing to worry about.
A few yellow leaves here and there usually only mean that those leaves are getting old and need to shed, or if your plant has many yellow leaves it is stressed probably from transplanting and this will pass.
The most common causes of hibiscus tree stress are under-watering, drastic environmental changes or pest invasions, but the most common reason is spider mites.
Hibiscus Pest and Diseases
There is a soil-borne disease that is contained in soils that dry out in summer then with overwatering or too much rain will get moldy contracting this disease that can kill many flowering shrubs, including the beautiful and tropical hibiscus tree.
You should always try to avoid conditions will fester phytophthora because an affected hibiscus tree usually don’t survive. Thank goodness this problem rarely occurs where hibiscus are given good drainage and compost to hold moisture so you don’t have to water as often.
You can tell this disease by the browning of the leaves, or they will become slimy, at the roots, is prevalent where winters are cool and damp, and drainage poor a good example would be Oregon or Washington.
Caring for this sick hibiscus you can try removing all affected stems and bark and painting the discolored area with Bordeaux paste. Clear the surrounding ground and spray with a strong garlic solution. Sclerotina rot affects stems at ground level. Repeated applications of strong garlic will help.
Beetles can be picked off. Apart from the flea like bronze beetle, which is quit the jumper and is hard to catch, most beetles can be removed if the bush is not first disturbed.
Then there are the more common snails and slugs, though they are voracious chewers, are a threat only to new leaves, mainly on younger plants. The best natural control is plentiful bird life
Or you can do what I do with the snails, which my mother taught me as a young girl and it works better than anything...
Pick them up and throw them into the street!!!!! haha
Other chewing pests include grasshoppers and katydids, those are a bright green, an well camouflaged, flying bugs. Check your local nursery for sprays to help repel them.
Sucking insects may be less conspicuous. Although the green vegetable bug, Nezara viridula, and its immature form with the colorful mosaic back are often easy to spot, most sucking insects are a lot smaller.
Scales, spider mites, usually cover the undersides of leaves. Then there are powdery or fluffy mealy bugs that are a real pain. then the famous aphid. Watch out for these. Evidence of their presence is white spots on the leaves.
Before using chemicals try squashing these pests by hand or removing them with a strong-pressured hose. These methods really don’t work well but can help a little. They coat themselves with a waxy substance that resists dislodgment, they really grab on. For mealy bugs, paint an application of water mixed with the other half of mentholated spirits.
THE GOOD GUYS
When growing hibiscus and other tropical plants I have learned there are many beneficial insects in your garden that actually kill off the bad bugs.
Those cute little green frogs the Assassin Bug, the Praying Mantis, and naturally those little eight legged creatures the Spider, help to eat the unwanted bugs.
Types of Hibiscus & Hibiscus Trees
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Hawaii State Flower
It is know by the names Pua Aloalo and Hibiscus brackenridgei.
The Tropical hibiscus tree, in all colors and varieties, was the official Flower of Hawaii adopted as such in the early 1920s.
It wasn't until 1988, that the yellow hibiscus which is native to the islands was selected to represent Hawaii. For this reason, you will see many older photos and postcards with the red hibiscus, or any other color for that matter, as the state flower.