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Hibiscus plants are among the popular flowering plants that gardeners grow at home. They are famous for their large and beautiful flowers. Additionally, hibiscus plants are easy to grow and care. The flowers come in striking colors; pink, red, yellow, peach, orange, coral, and white. They attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, making your garden lively and colorful.
With the proper care, you can enjoy continuous flowering from spring through fall. However, to achieve maximum blooming and get big-sized flowers, you must put in some extra hacks and tricks. Here are easy tricks to boost flowering in hibiscus plants.
Hibiscus plants thrive in full sun. They require between 6-8 hours of direct sunlight on a daily basis. Giving your hibiscus plants less than 6 hours of sunlight every day will lead to a low growth rate and poor blooming. Even so, this plant can tolerate shady environments but remember about its growth rate.
Hibiscus flowering requires ideal temperatures ranging from 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropical hibiscus plants require this temperature range throughout the year. Exposing your plants to temperatures below 60 or above 85 degrees Fahrenheit can damage or kill your hibiscus plants.
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The amount of water your hibiscus plant will require depends on the amount of light and temperature you expose it to. If you’re growing the plants in high-temperature regions and you should expose them to direct sunlight for long hours, frequent watering is vital. Summertime necessitates daily watering.
Adjust your watering accordingly as it gets colder. Hibiscus plants don’t require frequent watering during winter. Check whether your plants require watering by dipping about 1-inch of your finger in the soil to check for moisture. Only water your hibiscus plants if the soil feels dry to touch. Avoid overwatering your hibiscus during winter to circumvent root rot.
Introduce Epsom Salt Foliar Spray
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Epsom salt has high levels of magnesium sulfate, and it contains magnesium, oxygen, and sulfur. It is one of the best solutions for reversing magnesium deficiency in your soil. The restoration of magnesium in the soil leads to;
- Encourages the growth of your hibiscus flowers because it boosts chlorophyll production making the plants lush green.
- Enhances the production of large flowers in your hibiscus plants
- It deters bugs like beetles and slugs.
Do not spray the Epsom salt solution directly into the leaves of your hibiscus flowers. Doing so may cause leaf burn when you expose the plant to the sun. Make the Epsom salt solution by mixing two tablespoons of Epsom salt into a gallon of water.
Prune Your Hibiscus Plants
Pruning hibiscus plants is one crucial process that most gardeners neglect. Regular pruning of your hibiscus plants will boost more branching making the plant bushy and hence more flowering. The right time for pruning hibiscus is towards the end of winter or the beginning of spring. Frequent deadheading is also essential for promoter plant growth and blooming.
Watch Out for Pests and Diseases
Hibiscus is vulnerable to various pests and diseases. Pests infestation can cause premature flower droppings, poor flowering, holes in the petals and leaves. Common pest problems on hibiscus include:
- Spider mites
They are prey to leaf diseases like powdery mildew, downy, and gray mold.
Growing sparkling hibiscus flowers that brighten your garden with blooming flowers is a rewarding experience. Employ the tips above, and you will enjoy abundant and colorful hibiscus blooms all summer long. Subscribe to our blog today for more gardening tips.