Plant Care scarlet hibiscus

scarlet hibiscus

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scarlet hibiscus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
scarlet hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

scarlet hibiscus, scarlet rosemallow, Texas star and brilliant hibiscus


Hibiscus coccineus

How to care for scarlet hibiscus


How often to water your scarlet hibiscus

Water needs for scarlet hibiscus
0.5 cups
every 9

scarlet 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 scarlet hibiscus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 scarlet hibiscus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant scarlet hibiscus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

scarlet hibiscus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

scarlet hibiscus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize scarlet hibiscus

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

Difficulty Level

scarlet hibiscus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for scarlet hibiscus

scarlet hibiscus

scarlet hibiscus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

scarlet hibiscus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
scarlet hibiscus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
scarlet hibiscus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
scarlet hibiscus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 417 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania

Having a hard time with this one

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Black Canyon City, Arizona

Just beautiful very rewarding

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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