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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hibiscus: 5 maintenance tips

Hibiscus: 5 maintenance tips

A symbol of summer and exoticism, the hibiscus is a flowering shrub that is responsible for explosions of extremely rich and varied colors. It is customary to distinguish the indoor hibiscus, also called "Rose de Chine", and the outdoor hibiscus, nicknamed "Mauve en arbre". The two varieties share a common point: a limited interview is enough to reveal their beautiful flowers. Here are five tips that will help you properly maintain your hibiscus.

1. Choosing the right location for the hibiscus
All botanical lovers know, choosing the right location for its plant  is paramount. Indoors, hibiscus needs lots of light to flourish. So choose a location close to a window, or behind a bay window. In winter, a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight (or luminosity) is required for the hibiscus to ensure its development. In summer, it can be moved outdoors, on a terrace or a balcony. Avoid leaving the plant behind the bay window during this season of the year, at the risk of causing it to undergo too much direct sunlight.

For outdoor hibiscus, we advise you to choose a place where the exposure varies between sunshine and partial shade. The shrub is sensitive to frost and should therefore be protected by a wintering veil as early as November.

2. Watering the hibiscus
Watering an indoor hibiscus is directly related to the ambient temperature and the periods of growth of the plant. In spring and summer, during which the water needs are the most important, we advise you to water your hibiscus once or twice a week. Make sure that the soil is dry between two waterings. Also be careful not to excessively water your hibiscus. During fall and winter, significantly reduce watering. As temperatures fall,

3.The size of the hibiscus
The end of winter and the beginning of spring are the period most favorable to the size of the hibiscus. Take advantage of this period to reshape the structure of your plant. On an outdoor hibiscus, eliminate the twigs pushing inward of the tree. The latter effectively prevent good exposure of the tree to light. An annual size of the hibiscus has finally the merit to stimulate the growth of the plant and favors its flowering.

4.Replacing the hibiscus Indoor hibiscus
are high-growth plants. Well maintained, a hibiscus can double in volume in one year. A  repotting  is then necessary to allow the plant to continue its growth. Choose the month of March to carry out this operation, and opt for a repotage with a mixture of soil and heather soil. To facilitate drainage, it is possible to place the clay balls at the bottom of the new pot. Note that the hibiscus likes to feel cramped. So take care to choose a slightly larger pot. Protecting

5.hibiscus from diseases
Many diseases can jeopardize the health of your hibiscus. A hibiscus that wilts or leaves inwardly is a hibiscus that suffers from too much heat or too much exposure to the sun. To remedy this, change it from place to place. A large fall of the leaves of the hibiscus translates on its side an excess of water. If the flower buds fall out before they hatch, the air near the plant is too dry (maybe the hibiscus is placed near a radiator?).

Parasites can also storm your hibiscus.
This is particularly true of aphids and cochineals. The presence of the former is manifested by sticky leaves. A white, slightly cottony down on the leaves of the hibiscus is the sign that the latter have invaded the plant. To get rid of these parasites, use specific products. Opt for organic rather than chemical products.

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