Growing Hardy Hibiscus In Containers

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For gardening in northern climates, You have a huge, garish flower that has a large range of features such as thin petals of pink, red, and white colors.

A hardy hibiscus plant is a plant that can survive even in low temperatures and grow quickly.

guide to grow hardy hibiscus in containers


Hardy hibiscus is a flowery equatorial growing plant having a hardiness zone from 4-9 USDA. It means this plant can survive over low temperatures somewhere between -19°F to -20°F.

Botanical name

The botanical name of this plant is hibiscus moscheutos.

Common name

The common name used for this plant is swamp mallow. The other most popularly used name is the Eastern rose mallow plant. This plant has showy flowers.

Family: This plant belongs to the family of Malvaceae.

Best time to plant hibiscus plant in pot

You can grow hibiscus plants in the season when there will be no risk of frost. So Spring is indeed the best season to grow the plant in your pot

During summer

During summer this hibiscus plant needs water in excess. But keep your pot safe from being waterlogged, good drainage of the pot is helpful for you. Water your plant daily during the summer season.

Wintery hardy hibiscus in the pot

If you want to grow this plant in winter then you must use a pot or a container for it. 

Because if there will be high stress in the weather then you can easily shift your plant inside and enjoy the colors of the flower throughout the year. But there should be enough sunlight and humidity inside the home where you shift your plant pot.

Hardy hibiscus bloom time

It will grow in all seasons but the best bloom time for hibiscus plants is summer.

They will completely bloom in summer. You can enjoy colorful blooms and a healthy hibiscus plant throughout the summer season.

Types of the hardy hibiscus plant

Here, we discuss some common types of the hardy hibiscus plant

  •  Robert Fleming plant: This plant is almost 3 feet wide and has several flowers. They usually have velvety red flowers.
  • Lady Baltimore plant: This plant is 5 feet tall and has light pink flowers.
  • Summerific Perfect Storm: it is a well-branched flower with dark foliage usually purple in color. It can grow up to 3 feet tall.

Growing hibiscus in the pot. Indoor and Outdoor hibiscus care

If you are growing hibiscus in a pot or container then you must follow some steps to give your plant a perfect environment.

Selection of soil for Hibiscus Plant

Before planting your plant in a pot make sure to check the soil by following these steps

  • This plant needs well-drained soil.
  • The soil should be slightly acidic.
  • 6 to 6.5 pH of the soil is the best pH range for this plant to grow 
  • Mix slow-release fertilizers to enhance the quality of the soil
  • You can also add compost. It will increase the acidity of the soil.
  • Compost also helps to maintain the condition of acidic soil.

Tip:  if you are not sure about the pH value of your soil then check the pH of the soil. Simply use a pH tester for this purpose. 

Low pH

If your soil has a low pH value then add some limestone it will rise the pH value of your soil

High pH

If your soil has a high pH value then add sulfur and aluminum sulfate to your soil it will help you to decrease the soil pH.

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Hardy hibiscus sun requirement

Plant in an area where it will receive almost sunlight for 6 hours per day. Don’t plant your plant near a tree or any shady place because it will block the light and as a result, it will retard the growth of your hibiscus plant.

Tip: Rotate your pot twice a week so that all sides of the plant will be able to get light and grow properly.

Watering hibiscus

Watering a plant depends on the weather condition. In the case of hibiscus plants, water your plant after every two days. Don’t allow the soil to dry completely. Completely watered the plant, excess water will flow out of the pot from the drainage holes.

Fertilizing the hibiscus

Nitrogen and potassium-containing fertilizers are the best for the growth of hibiscus plants.

Add these fertilizers regularly this will help the plant in stunning growth.

Water-soluble fertilizers are also the best option for these plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are also added in the early spring season.

Don’t add any fertilizer in winter.

How to plant or Grow hardy hibiscus in a pot

Follow the following steps:

  • Take a young hardy hibiscus. You can also purchase a fresh one from any nursery.
  • Choose a glamorous pot to plant your plant. It will increase the decor of your garden. Make sure to select a wider container
  • Fill the pot with good drainage soil.
  • Add some additional potting soil around the pot so that it will completely cover your plant from all sides
  • Fill the pot with water. Excess water will seep from the drainage holes.
  • Place the pot in a sunny area
  • Add some recommended fertilizers as we discussed previously.
  • Try to find dead branches and cut them on time. It will help your plant to grow well and give you the optimum amount of flowers.

Hardy hibiscus Care

care guide for hardy hibiscus plant

In gardening, either in a pot or ground, care for the plant is the most essential thing. It will help your plant to grow fast and properly.

So this hardy hibiscus plant in the pot needs the same care as the hibiscus plant need if we plant it in the ground.

Tip If you want to do some special care of your plant then don’t forget to add fertilizers to your plant.


Is hibiscus a perennial plant?

Hibiscus is a perennial plant. This plant has a woody appearance in summer. In winter their stems start dying there but their root system still survives in winter. New plants or growth starts through the root system. These character plants make them perennial plants.

What induces yellow leaves on hibiscus plants?

Low moisture around plants induces this problem in plants. Yellowing of leaves is a very common problem in hibiscus plants. Excess water, light, or nutrients also causes this issue in plants. Too much availability and too low availability of water nutrients and light is the main cause of the yellowing of leaves. 

How can I propagate my hibiscus plant?

You can propagate your plant by cuttings or from seed. Cutting is usually preferred to propagate the hibiscus plant because in this type of propagation there are more chances that the plant adopts all the characteristics of the parent plant.

How fast hibiscus plant grow?

The hibiscus plant attains mature height within three years. Moisture plays a key role in the growth of the hibiscus plant.

When does hibiscus lose leaves?

The Hibiscus plant loses leave in winter. Only leaves will be left during winter however the plant survives during winters. You should choose a location that’s will not fall below 50 degrees. Leaves again grow in winter when temperatures will be warm. In warm temperatures, you can again put back your pot outside.


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Wajahat Badar

I am an enthusiastic and passionate gardener who is interested in both traditional and modern methods of plantation and improving home living. Living green is the revolutionary lifestyle that all nature lovers require.

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