Plant Care Cotton Rosemallow

Cotton Rosemallow

Also known as

Confederate rose and Dixie rosemallow


Hibiscus mutabilis

How to care for Cotton Rosemallow

💦 Water

How often to water your Cotton Rosemallow

Water needs for Cotton Rosemallow
0.5 cups
every 9

Cotton Rosemallow 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 Cotton Rosemallow

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Cotton Rosemallow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cotton Rosemallow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cotton Rosemallow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cotton Rosemallow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cotton Rosemallow

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Cotton Rosemallow →

Common Cotton Rosemallow Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Cotton Rosemallow 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.

Cotton Rosemallow Water Frequency →

Cotton Rosemallow Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cotton Rosemallow 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 🏡.

Cotton Rosemallow Light Requirements →

Cotton Rosemallow Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Cotton Rosemallow 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.

Cotton Rosemallow Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Cotton Rosemallow 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!

Best Soil Mix for Cotton Rosemallow →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cotton Rosemallow →

💩 Fertilizer

Cotton Rosemallow 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

Cotton Rosemallow is native to Worldwide.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cotton Rosemallow grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Cotton Rosemallow →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cotton Rosemallow can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cotton Rosemallow Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Cotton Rosemallow can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 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 Cotton Rosemallow

Cotton Rosemallow

Cotton Rosemallow

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.

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