Plant Care Hawaiian Hibiscus

Hawaiian Hibiscus

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Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Chinese Hibiscus, Chinese Hibiscus, China Rose and Rose Mallow

Taxonomy

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus
Malvaceae
Malvales

How to care for Hawaiian Hibiscus

💦 Water

How often to water your Hawaiian Hibiscus

Water needs for Hawaiian Hibiscus
0.5 cups
every 9

Hawaiian 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 Hawaiian Hibiscus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Hibiscus in your home

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

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

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

Hawaiian Hibiscus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Hawaiian Hibiscus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Hawaiian 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 Hawaiian Hibiscus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Hawaiian Hibiscus can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Hibiscus →

Common Chinese Hibiscus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Hawaiian Hibiscus prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese Hibiscus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Hawaiian Hibiscus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Hibiscus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Hawaiian Hibiscus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Chinese Hibiscus Toxicity to Cats →


💨 Humidity

Hawaiian Hibiscus doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Chinese Hibiscus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Hawaiian Hibiscus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Hawaiian Hibiscus should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Hawaiian Hibiscus is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Hawaiian Hibiscus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Chinese Hibiscus Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Hawaiian Hibiscus will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Chinese Hibiscus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Hawaiian Hibiscus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Hibiscus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Hawaiian Hibiscus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Chinese Hibiscus →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Hawaiian Hibiscus, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Hawaiian Hibiscus

Hawaiian Hibiscus

Hawaiian 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

Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 34
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Hawaiian Hibiscus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
@mossycabbages avatar
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leaf-1 66 Plants
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12/28/2021

Slow growth but beautiful green leaves. Not a huge fan of tap water but enjoys humidity. I add spagnum moss on top of the soil to keep it happier

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Canal Winchester, OH
12/07/2021

Beautiful blossoms

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Independence, MO
12/05/2021

Needs water when blooming!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe DeBary, FL
11/19/2021

Aphids love the flowers

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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Withcott, Queensland
11/19/2021

Hardy plant that doesn’t need much looking after

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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globe Gaithersburg, MD
11/02/2021

I love you so much and want you to grow 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL
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
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@tessasplants avatar
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leaf-1 35 Plants
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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
Survivor Survivor
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globe Detroit, MI
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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globe Miami, FL
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
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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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
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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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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globe Tarentum, PA
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
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Helsinki, Uusimaa
07/05/2021

this one needs alottt of sun

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe League City, TX
06/30/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Vallejo, CA
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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globe Nottingham, MD
06/17/2021

Easy to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Nottingham, MD
06/17/2021

Beautiful color!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Austin, TX
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
Survivor Survivor
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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

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