8 tips for indoor plant care

Hibiscus is a flower that needs a little care to bloom. This delicate flower full of finesse is usually grown in pots indoors. This shrub reveals beautiful flowers 2 to 6 cm in diameter in bright colors. Their five funnel-shaped petals bear colorful stamens with yellow anthers. Hibiscus also called althea, China rose or tree mallow, can have double or single flowers, be persistent or deciduous depending on the variety. It is important that all the conditions necessary for its growth are met otherwise it may not last long. Discover here the 8 tips to care for your indoor hibiscus.

1) Bring him enough light

Hibiscus needs a lot of light, but never direct sun that risks burning the flower. The ideal is to place it behind a well-exposed window, but with a blackout curtain. To thrive, hibiscus needs at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

2) Watering

Generally, one watering per week is sufficient. But to be sure, check the surface of the earth. If it has dried up a few centimeters then it is time to water it. In the summer, when the temperatures are higher, the hibiscus will need more water. During cold periods, plants are more often dormant. However, hibiscus growth continues as long as it remains indoors. The indoor temperature should be between 18 and 20°C for good growth.

3) Tropical atmosphere

Like any tropical plant, hibiscus does not like places that are too dry. So avoid placing it near a radiator or risk killing it. In winter, it is very important to anoint it with fresh water every day. You can also place the plant on top of clay pebbles. Thus, the water that evaporates from the balls will provide the plant with a humid atmosphere. If you see fallen flower buds that haven’t bloomed yet, the air is too dry.

4) Withered flowers

For a healthy hibiscus, it is important to remove spent flowers as you go.

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5) Size

In the spring, to promote the growth and flowering of the hibiscus, prune the plant.

6) Adding fertilizer

During its growing season, bring potassium, this will promote its flowering. Wood ash or seaweed will do.

7) Transplantation

Hibiscus likes to be squished. Do not replace it after purchase, but after a year and at the end of winter. The pot should be a little bigger and the soil should drain well. Heath land is a good alternative.

8) Take it outside on sunny days

From spring and when it is warm enough (at least 18°C), you can take the hibiscus out into the light. However, protect it from direct sunlight and strong winds!

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