How To Grow Hibiscus And Make Tea Whenever You Like

It doesn’t matter if you enjoy a cup of tea or just beautiful flowers in your garden. Both of those can be gained by having only one plant included. Therefore, this article will show you how to grow hibiscus so that you can use it for both purposes.

Knowing that many people who are following and reading my blog are either beginners in gardening or don’t have sufficient experience when it comes to growing shrubs, I will keep things as simple as possible. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Common Knowledge About Hibiscus

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Although you know of this plant, there are still some things which are worth remembering. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you need to learn these facts by heart, but again, there’s no harm in knowing.

  • This plant is native to tropical areas in the whole world
  • It is a national symbol of Haiti
  • Its name comes from Greek ἰβίσκος (hibiskos) which was the name they used to describe Althaea officinalis
  • One specie, called kenaf is used in making paper
  • Usually, hibiscus will grow as a shrub
  • It needs full sun with afternoon shade
  • pH of the soil should be neutral; 7.0 or slightly lower is recommended
  • Tea made from hibiscus is rich in vitamin C

As we can see, requirements for growing hibiscus are not demanding. Therefore, it is recommended for those who wish to see if they can grow shrubs in their garden. Of course, you will be well rewarded with these fabulous flowers and their appliance.

Required Tools And Materials

Tools

When it comes to tools and equipment, luckily for you, there aren’t any expensive pieces. Regarding materials, the situation might be slightly different, but only if you choose so. To clarify, you can grow hibiscus in containers which are slightly more expensive, or in the garden, which is, you guessed it, cheaper.

  • Hibiscus seeds or seedlings
  • A shovel
  • Spade
  • Gloves

In case that I have missed something, I will mention it later, but you can take into consideration that the majority of tools are listed. As for containers, pick the size which suits you and can be carried around. Also, fertilizer is optional, but not crucially needed.

Preparing The Soil

Prepare soil

Now, we’re hitting a more familiar ground (pun intended). Preparations for growing hibiscus are more or less standard ones, but still, need to be described. Let’s get straight to business, shall we?

As always, the location is the first thing you want to check in. If you are growing these flowers in pots, feel free to skip this part, since you can move them around. Since hibiscus is somewhat prone to breaking, choose a location where it will be shielded from the wind, with a lot of sun, and partial shade.

Keep in mind that this plant is tropical by origin, so moist is of utmost importance. Shade in the afternoon will spare some moist, so if nothing else works, consider using net covers. Those can provide sufficient shade, and also protect from pests.

Now, as for fertilizer, any kind of organic supplement you have, it can do the trick. It is vital, however, to infuse those few inches well so that the plant can absorb it equally.

Things are a lot less complicated for container growers since there is a vast selection of brands and soils to choose from. Keep in mind that drainage has to be good since waterlogging is equal to plant dying.

Planting The Hibiscus

Growing

This is where things are getting complicated. There are several ways to plant this herb, so I will cover all of them. Which one will be used is up to you and your preference.

Starting seeds indoors is sometimes needed, but in case of hibiscus, it is an absolute necessity, in case that you are living in colder areas. To do so, submerge seeds in water for an hour, and place one or two seeds per trellis cell.

If you don’t want to start seeds indoors, you can plant them directly to the ground once the frosts pass, and the soil is warm. Naturally, adding straw mulch and cover during winter is needed, in case that the temperature drops below 32°F.

Whether you start from seeds, plant them in the ground or buy seedlings from a nursery, you will want to leave some two or three feet apart. This will provide enough airflow, and can prevent several diseases.

Right after planting, water the soil generously, so the plant can overcome the shock from moving as soon as possible. Naturally, the container-grown plant doesn’t need this treatment, since there is a limited amount of soil to absorb water.

Caring And Pests

Pest

There are but a few things you need to look after to keep these plants healthy. First of all, don’t keep the soil wet. This flower has somewhat different demands when it comes to watering. It needs water deep below the surface, so don’t apply it daily, but once per week, but in more significant quantities.

Fertilizer is not essential but can make flowers look better and larger. For this purpose, I have used general, balanced fertilizer, and I can recommend you to do the same. There are several such recipes here, so pick your favorite.

When it comes to diseases, as I have mentioned, avoid overwatering and wetting the foliage. This will significantly reduce chances of powdery mildew and rust.

As of pests, aphids and whiteflies are most common visitors. Those can be purged by insecticide, or you can introduce their natural predators, such as ladybugs. The latter way is much better if you ask me since there is no chemistry and harmful side-effects present.

Conclusion

I hope that you enjoyed the ride, and that learning how to grow hibiscus wasn’t too difficult for you. Also, I believe that the next time you read these lines, you will have a cup of tea produced in your garden.

Any thoughts, opinions or ideas are more than welcome in the comment section below, so be my guest.

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