Successful Tips to Growing Red Hot Hibiscus
Bring that sizzle to your landscapes and gardens with the red hot hibiscus. This tropical beauty is HOT and will bring that much-needed flavor with its beautiful flowers and variegated leaves, the red hot hibiscus has made a name for its self.
What I love about this plant is having that constant color year-round. When the flower bloom period has passed the red hot hibiscus still adds that sizzle and dazzle with its colorful leaves. A plant like this is worth having as a part of your garden and landscape design.
I was first introduced to the red hot hibiscus many years ago as a groundsman working for a five-star resort. From the minute I saw this beauty I fell in love, it was love at first sight and to this day I am still in love with these garden beauties because they are so HOT, sounds like a love affair doesn’t it, I know what you are thinking but I can assure you that I have all my marbles.
Anyway, in this article, we will be discussing the care and growth of the red hot hibiscus so you can have success when growing them in your home garden, and hopefully, at the end of this post, you will feel about them like I do, with that said here we grow.
Things you must know
This garden beauty is a tropical plant and requires a sunny location to perform at its best and can grow to a height of 5-8 ft and 3-5 ft in diameter.
The soil type should be organic-rich to hold the right amount of moisture.
Your red hot hibiscus will need a lot of water, especially when putting forth flowers. During the cooler season, you can decrease the amount of water.
In order for your red hot hibiscus to produce beautiful healthy bloom, it is best to use a fertilizer that encourages flower bloom. A fertilizer that is high in potassium whether a slow or quick release applied once a month will help. Before applying fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.
Garden insect pest of the red hot hibiscus
As beautiful as these tropical beauties the red hot hibiscus has its share of insect pests which includes.
- Spider Mites
- Gall Midge
These garden insect pests can really do a number on your red hot hibiscus especially thrips and gall midge that causes flower bud drop and yellowing of the leaves. The use of insecticidal soap or neem oil will bring these garden insect pests under control.
Diseases of the red hot hibiscus
- Root Rot
- Leaf Spot
Root rot is caused by fungi that attack the roots of the plant, root rot occurs when the soil is saturated with water or is waterlogged. The signs of root rot include. Stem dieback, mushrooms may appear at the base of the hibiscus, the plant’s leaves becoming discolored and dislodging prematurely. To bring this disease under control or to avoid this disease from happening, ensure that the soil is a good drain soil and monitor the amount of water you are giving your hibiscus.
Leaf spot is encouraged by a fungus, symptoms include irregular spots that are discolored, the leaves also fall to the ground. To control rake the leaves and properly disposed of them.
The symptoms of botrytis blight show up as buds not opening, stem dieback, leaves that are discolored and distorted, spotted flowers, shoots, and leaves which also wilts and drops from the stem. To bring this disease under control avoid overhead watering, water the hibiscus from the soil or at ground level so that the leaves do not get wet.
Do not over-fertilize, which calls for reading and following the manufacturer’s label, providing the hibiscus with good air circulation by proper spacing and removing or pruning diseased branches. It is also good to keep the plant bed clean and clear of debris especially debris that is infected by this disease.
Here are a few ways to install your read hot hibiscus.
1. Your read hot hibiscus can be installed as a backdrop in your plant bed or garden area
2. Can be installed along your wall.
3. Can be installed along your fence.
4. Can be installed in containers and the containers can be placed on your patio or porch.
5. The red hot hibiscus can be planted along garden walkways.
6. Can be installed along driveways.
7. Do nicely along the borders.
8. These garden beauties can be planted on either side of your door entrance
Other factors that may encourage bloom to drop may be a lack of water, environmental conditions, for example, a change in the temperature, overwatering, or over-fertilizing.
Container grown red hot hibiscus
Growing red hot hibiscus from a container is pretty neat. The container should be large enough to allow your red hot hibiscus to sit comfortably. The soil should be as discussed above, a good organic soil mix that will hold moisture.
The container should have drain holes to allow excess water to drain. Fertilize your red hot hibiscus as mentioned earlier and treat for insect pests as discussed above. Ensure that your container has drain holes to allow excess water to have a way of escape because if excess water is allowed to remain in the container your plant will experience root rot which is not good. Provide a saucer to catch the water and empty the saucer as it fills.
The final word
The red hot hibiscus is a pretty amazing plant. This garden beauty can really give that tropical look with its beautiful flowers and colorful leaves. Why not invest in a plant like this that have proven to work wonders as you get a taste of the tropics. The read hot hibiscus, so hot that it SIZZLES.