How Do You Care for a Hibiscus Bush?


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According to the National Gardening Association, hibiscus plants need two things to grow healthy -- full sun and well-drained soil. Plant your hibiscus in a spot that gets sun most of the day. Test the soil where you want to plant your hibiscus to make sure that it retains moisture without staying wet.

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Hibiscus plants are hardy and easy to maintain. They come in a wide variety of colors and bloom shapes, require minimal pruning, and live for years when tended with inexpensive fertilizers and water. According to the National Gardening Association, the plants need about an inch of water per week. Test your soil for both drainage and moisture retention. To test drainage, Hibiscus nursery Hidden Valley Hibiscus recommends digging a hole where you intend to plant your hibiscus, then pouring in a gallon of water. If the water drains in under an hour, then the soil drains rapidly enough for water to penetrate all the way to the roots without drowning the plant. To test for moisture retention, fill the hole with a gallon of water twice more, then dig down eight to ten inches and check for moisture. If the soil is moist, then you've found the right spot to plant your hibiscus plant.

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