Plant Care Chinese Hibiscus
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Chinese Hibiscus

4.4 out of 5 (44 experiences)

Chinese Hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Chinese Hibiscus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

China Rose, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, hibiscus tree and Tropical Hibiscus Tree

Taxonomy

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus
Malvaceae
Malvales

How to care for Chinese Hibiscus

Water

How often to water your Chinese Hibiscus

Water needs for Chinese Hibiscus
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Hibiscus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Hibiscus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese Hibiscus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Hibiscus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Hibiscus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Hibiscus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Hibiscus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Hibiscus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Hibiscus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Hibiscus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Chinese Hibiscus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Chinese Hibiscus

Chinese Hibiscus

Chinese Hibiscus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 32
Chinese Hibiscus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 19
Chinese Hibiscus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 19
Chinese Hibiscus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Chinese Hibiscus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 11
Chinese Hibiscus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Chinese Hibiscus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Chinese Hibiscus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Soph_1510 avatar
@Soph_1510
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 138 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
10/17/2021

just got him and in love

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tessasplants avatar
@Tessasplants
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 728 XP
10/10/2021

Beautiful flowers. Lovely scent

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Fable avatar
@Fable
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Detroit, Michigan
10/05/2021

I haven’t had it long , a little over a week. Our neighbors who lived next door when I was a little girl had one I remember it growing all those years the blooms were so big and beautiful, that’s one of my fondest childhood memories. I just had to have one for myself.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Onewithnature
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Miami, Florida
08/17/2021

Extremely satisfying plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Tybee avatar
@Tybee
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Atlanta, Georgia
08/11/2021

I love her! She’s a beautiful flourishing woman! I’ve had her for two years and she’s amazing!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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@Iamdeboray
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 97 XP
07/08/2021

She needs constant moisture, so I water her every other day. Also, needs a lot of direct sunlight. The blooms are FANTASTIC and fragrant, though they typically last only a couple days. But I love that you can take the fallen blooms and dry them to make tea!
As long as you care for hibiscus, she won’t let you down!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Deeptouge
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,648 XP
globe Tarentum, Pennsylvania
07/08/2021

With the right fertilizer routine and a little underwatering from time to time this thing blooms like crazy! My record is 7 flowers all in one day bloomed on this plant! Don’t even get me started on hibiscus tea!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Arboretum avatar
@Arboretum
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 174 XP
globe Helsinki, Uusimaa
07/05/2021

this one needs alottt of sun

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Vikkib avatar
@Vikkib
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,748 XP
globe League City, Texas
06/30/2021

Very pretty grows quickly! Blooms slowly but I’m excited!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ashinbyalex avatar
@Ashinbyalex
leaf-1 75 Plants
xp 3,326 XP
globe Vallejo, California
06/24/2021

Its not the plant’s fault that it was 105 degrees in the Bay Area randomly, but all my plants survived it except this guy

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Ssuser3fabc4e5
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Nottingham, Maryland
06/17/2021

Easy to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Ssuser3fabc4e5
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Nottingham, Maryland
06/17/2021

Beautiful color!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Neko.nebula
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe Austin, Texas
06/16/2021

New blooms only appear on fresh growth so be sure to prune it down during its growing season! Hibiscus flowers can be harvested and dried to make tea. You can also pollinate the flowers to get little fruit pods to make more tea or jam!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Sara jane avatar
@Sara jane
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 464 XP
globe Italy Cross, Nova Scotia
06/13/2021

The most beautiful bloom! My friend had one and I just had to get one. I’ve transplanted mine and it’s currently going through regrowth. I’m so excited for the first bloom!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Tessa avatar
@Tessa
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 761 XP
06/06/2021

Big beautiful flowers!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Collyflower avatar
@Collyflower
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 852 XP
globe North Brookfield, Massachusetts
06/04/2021

Very beautiful blooms!! I love the vibrancy of red!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Agatha avatar
@Agatha
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 642 XP
04/25/2021

My poor hibiscus was RAVAGED by spider mites last year. Lost all its leaves before I could do anything. So sad.
When I saw leaves poking out this year, I pruned it. Now I wait for it to come back to life.

Spider mites are a huge nuisance here. They can ravage a plant before you even spot them.

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