Question: care of the hibiscus
I have a hibiscus in a pot that in summer goes beautifully with beautiful yellow flowers.
In winter I keep it indoors, at a temperature of about 18-19 °. This is his second winter in my house, and I notice that his leaves are dull green, almost yellowish. I would like to do two things before the next flowering: repot it, to give it a bigger pot, and I think it's also worth pruning it. But I don't know if I can do the two things at the same time and at what moment, before April, when I can take him back to the terrace again.
Thanks for the advice, greetings
Answer: care of the hibiscus
the pruning of the hibiscus is carried out at the end of winter, so you can already repot the plant in March and prune it, so as to favor the development of a beautiful compact shrub. The yellowing of the foliage may be due to lack of light or fertilizer, or to the dry climate present in the house; so your plant should improve quickly once it is moved outdoors in April.
Pruning of the hibiscus
To invigorate the plant of hibiscus these two interventions are therefore necessary: pruning and repotting. As far as pruning is concerned, this is an intervention aimed at both reinvigorating the plant and removing the portions of dead and dead branches. So let's equip ourselves with a sharp pruning shear with a disinfected blade and then start pruning.
First we eliminate all the dry branches and the portions of badly conceived, crooked and badly made branches. Without this we must try to give a shape to the plant and therefore we will have to rebalance the length of the branches by shortening the branches too long and eliminating those that clash with the overall view of the plant.
Once this is done, the pruning is finished and all we have to do is proceed with the repotting. If the pruning is done with criteria, the results are noticeable since the following spring.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of the most appreciated garden and pot plants. Its flowers are indeed very large, abundant and very colorful. Crop and propagation are simpler. Everyone likes to own one of these bushes because from the middle of spring to the first cold weather they bring a breath of liveliness and exoticism.
China's hibiscus cultivation
This shrub prefers a well-dissolved, medium-rich soil with a slightly acid pH. We evaluate well the soil of our garden: if it is too clay-like we can work it by incorporating a special product for acidophilic (30 to 50%) and a little coarse river sand. Some handful of well-seasoned manure is always welcome.
In general, the best exposure is full sun, especially during spring and autumn. A very intense heat (above all with low atmospheric humidity) can however induce the hibiscus (especially if in a vase) to enter in vegetative rest, stopping to produce buds. For this reason, a little in the whole of Italy, but especially on the coasts and in the southern regions, we recommend, in July and August, a more sheltered position. The ideal is that the plant is reached by the sun only during the morning hours and maybe in the evening. This will also help us prevent red spider mites.
Family and gender
|Height||From 40 cm to more than 2 m|
|Ground||Loose, well drained, slightly acid pH|
|Water needs||Medium (high in summer)|
|fertilizing||Every 15 days, from April to September|
|Minimum temperature||5 ° C|
|Propagation||Herbaceous, semi-woody and woody cutting|
|Flowering||From April to early November|