How to care for hibiscus plant

How to care for hibiscus plant (A complete guideline)

How to care for hibiscus plant: You cannot find such people who do not love flowers. Hibiscus is a very common flower and people love it very much. Many people in our country plant this flower in the rooftop of their house because it blooms all year round and stays alive for many days. Although the Hibiscus is usually red in color, many hybrids have been propagated later. For example white, yellow, pink, and orange to mixed color Hibiscus flowers can be seen nowadays. If you want to grow a hibiscus plant in a tub with a little planning, you will get flowers throughout the year.

How to care for hibiscus plant

How to care for hibiscus plant
Hibiscus marshmallow

Choosing the right seedlings and tub

If you want to plant hibiscus in a tub, the seedlings should be collected from the nursery. Seedlings should be small in size with thick stems.  Seedlings should be planted in a minimum 12-inch tub.

Soil Preparation and suitable climate

Before planting seedlings in tubs, the soil should be prepared by mixing 40% dry cow dung, 50% sandy loam soil, 10% red selection sand. You can mix a handful of bone powder with two handfuls of ashes. This will keep the fertility of the soil in the tub intact for a long time. It is important to keep seedlings fresh and lives. After planting, the soil of the base of the plant should be hardened with gentle pressure. Then mix one teaspoon of “Oyster Lime” in 5 liters of water and apply as much as you need for the soil.

Do not keep the plant in the hot sun immediately after planting. Leave it in the shade for a few days and then leave it in the sun. The plants require at least six hours of sunlight if you want to see those lovely blooms.

At the blooming stage, the plants require large amounts of water. You should daily water to the plants in warm weather.

You can use bamboo twigs or sticks to keep the plant straight when it starts to grow fast.

Flowers fall for three reasons

  1. Hibiscus tree should be given moderate water so that water does not accumulate, and the soil should be slightly loosened 1 day in a week. The buds and the leaves fall off if the soil becomes damp.  
  2. In the case of fungal/bug infection in the plant, the flower buds become soft and rot.
  3. Lack of boron hampered plant growth. Flowers come in small numbers and flower fall increases.

Nutrient/Boron deficiency

If the flowers come in small numbers and flower fall increases then you should understand the deficiency of boron. Optimum results can be obtained by applying boron before flowering. Mix one teaspoon of boron/boric acid in 5 liters of clean water and leave it in the morning then pour the mixture in the afternoon as much as need for the soil of the plant and the remaining mixture apply to other plants.

Pesticide application

Bug and fungus infestation is very common in hibiscus. So you have to spray pesticides regularly once a month. A homemade pesticide is plant-friendly. At home, you can make a paste by adding a clove of small garlic, a small onion, 1 teaspoon whole white black pepper and blend the paste well again in a blender machine. Then mix this mixture in 1 liter of water with 1 tablespoon of “tricks” liquid dishwasher. A bottle should be filled in the morning by adding dishwasher. At last, the bottled mixture should be sprayed on the branches of the plant with the help of a clean filter in the afternoon.

Caution: In order to prevent the mixture from falling on the ground, the newspaper should be spread well at the base of the plant. Otherwise, if the mixture is applied directly to the soil, the quality of the soil will be lost.

Plant nutrition

The tub plants need a lot of food, so mix three parts water with the rice husk and strain it through a tea strainer and apply it once a week at the base of the plant in the late afternoon to get the necessary nutrition.

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Abraham M. Johnson
 

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