Plant Care Sea Hibiscus

Sea Hibiscus

About Sea Hibiscus

The sea hibiscus is a widespread species that has been used for many purposes around the world. Their beautiful flowers emerge yellow and transition to orange and eventually red throughout the day. Their wood has been used by native Hawaiians in boats, firewood, and carvings, and the fibers as cork. They are rich in antioxidants and the bark and roots have been used as a tea to lower fevers. They are often grown as bonsai trees and the leaves are used in cooking to make tempeh, a dish made of fermented soybean. 🌺


Hibiscus tiliaceum

How to care for Sea Hibiscus


How often to water your Sea Hibiscus

Water needs for Sea Hibiscus
0.5 cups
every 9

Sea 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 Sea Hibiscus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Sea Hibiscus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sea Hibiscus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Sea Hibiscus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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


How to fertilize Sea Hibiscus

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

Difficulty Level

Sea 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Sea Hibiscus

Sea Hibiscus

Sea Hibiscus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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