Plant Care Hibiscus Tree

Hibiscus Tree

4.5 out of 5 (52 experiences)

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

Also known as

Chinese Hibiscus, Chinese Hibiscus, China Rose, Hawaiian Hibiscus and Rose Mallow

Taxonomy

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus
Malvaceae
Malvales

How to care for Hibiscus Tree

Water

How often to water your Hibiscus Tree

Water needs for Hibiscus Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Hibiscus Tree 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 Hibiscus Tree

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 Hibiscus Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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

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

Hibiscus Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Hibiscus Tree

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Hibiscus Tree

Hibiscus Tree

Hibiscus Tree


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

Hibiscus Tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 34
Hibiscus Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
Hibiscus Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Hibiscus Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Hibiscus Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
Hibiscus Tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Hibiscus Tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Mossycabbages avatar
@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 3,152 XP
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
Ckoh avatar
@Ckoh
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 6,231 XP
globe Canal Winchester, OH
12/07/2021

Beautiful blossoms

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ghettosaralee avatar
@Ghettosaralee
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 1,761 XP
globe Independence, MO
12/05/2021

Needs water when blooming!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Michele avatar
@Michele
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe DeBary, FL
11/19/2021

Aphids love the flowers

Tessalou avatar
@Tessalou
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,780 XP
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
Greg2005 avatar
@Greg2005
leaf-1 68 Plants
xp 7,499 XP
globe Gaithersburg, MD
11/02/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Soph_1510 avatar
@Soph_1510
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 143 XP
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
@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
Survivor Survivor
Fable avatar
@Fable
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 61 XP
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
Onewithnature avatar
@Onewithnature
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 387 XP
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
Tybee1213 avatar
@Tybee1213
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 159 XP
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
Iamdeboray avatar
@Iamdeboray
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 133 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
Deeptouge avatar
@Deeptouge
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,648 XP
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
Arboretum avatar
@Arboretum
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Helsinki, Uusimaa
07/05/2021

this one needs alottt of sun

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Vikkib avatar
@Vikkib
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 2,058 XP
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
Ashinbyalex avatar
@Ashinbyalex
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,630 XP
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
Ssuser3fabc4e5 avatar
@Ssuser3fabc4e5
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Nottingham, MD
06/17/2021

Easy to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Ssuser3fabc4e5 avatar
@Ssuser3fabc4e5
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Nottingham, MD
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, 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
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

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