December 2015PalmerstonLife

Allora Gardens

Happy Hibiscus
Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know how to care for hibiscus plants, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely flowers. Let’s look at some tips on how to care for hibiscus.

Hibiscus in your garden
How fortunate are we to have some of the most beautiful hibiscus growing here in the tropics. Many many varieties to choose from..They can be grown in many different areas of your garden and for various reasons.
Looking to block out the neighbours down a fence line? Perfect for that.
Looking are adding gorgeous coloured flowers to your garden?. Perfect for that..
Need a shrub to be able to hedge?? Perfect for that..

Growing Hibiscus in Containers
Many people who are growing a hibiscus plant choose to do so in a container. This allows them to move the hibiscus plant to ideal locations, depending on the time of year. Hibiscus plants prefer a cozy fit when growing in a container. This means that they should be slightly root bound in the pot and when you do decide to repot, give the hibiscus only a little bit more room. Always make sure that your growing hibiscus plant has excellent drainage.

Temperatures for Growing Hibiscus
When you care for a hibiscus, you should remember that hibiscus flower best in temperatures between16-32 perfect for our top end conditions. They love to grow in the full sun, regular fertilizer.
When hibiscus are in their blooming stage, they require more water than the cooler climate in our dry season. The trick is not to over water it…

Fertilizing Hibiscus
A growing hibiscus plant needs lots of nutrients to bloom well. You can either use a diluted liquid fertilizer once a week, a slow release Osmocote fertilizer twice a year or you can add a high potassium compost to the soil.
These are the basics for how to care for hibiscus plants in your garden. As you can see, they are a easy maintenance, high impact flower that will make a garden in any part of the world look like a tropical paradise.

Some of the varieties available at your local garden centre are;
Lady cilento, Kitchen yellow, Grapette, Sabrina, Winter snow, Flower girl, White Kalakaua, Pink bouquet,
Enid Lewis, Bali sunset, Ritzy, Moon drop, Snow Queen, Robyn Jean, Pro Legato, Cyclops, Black night, D.J. O’Brien and Lollipops.

Happy Gardening …..Until next time….
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and festive season!

Estelle Cornell
Managing Director – Allora Gardens
Ph: 0419 817 012
E: estellecornell@gmail.com