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ATropic Escape Hibiscus

ATropic Escape Hibiscus

ATropic Escape Hibiscus

Rated 5 out of 5 by ciliii from 10-in Tropic Escape Hibiscus We bought this plant to add some color to the front of our home. We are really amazed at how big the blossoms are! We are looking forward to getting other colors of this variety of hibiscus. We did find that even though they like full sun, the Texas sun is a little too much for it. We have it in a spot that only gets full sun in the late afternoon to evening, and the plant is doing great! Make sure the pot you use for the hibiscus has holes in the bottom for drainage. The one we bought did not, so I just drilled a few holes in the bottom of the pot.

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Whether you grow hibiscus in the ground or in a pot, the plant needs well-drained but moist soil. Plant outdoor hibiscus in soil high in organic matter and amend the site with a 2-inch layer of compost before planting to help improve it. Soil with a pH near 6.8 provides for the best growth. Use a jungle soil potting mixture or other potting soil formulated for tropical plants in pots. Use a pot that has at least one bottom drainage hole so excess moisture doesn't lead to root rot. Potted plants require repotting into a pot one size larger when the roots fill the old container. Plant hibiscus or place pots in a location that receives all-day sunlight. Outdoor plants can tolerate light afternoon shade in hot climates.Costa Farms launched its new Tropic Escape hibiscus collection. The new collection includes 12 patented varieties that are easy to grow and bloom twice as long as traditional hibiscus. The collection features frilled, brightly colored blooms from 7 inches to 9 inches with ruffled, overlapping petals in hues of orange, red, yellow, pink and white. All Tropic Escape hibiscus are grown in sustainable coconut coir media and come with bold branded packaging, tags and QR code to make it easy for consumers to get care tips to create a tropical paradise in their own backyards

Tropical hibiscus is an evergreen shrub that is only hardy to USDA zone 10-11. This means it’s limited to growing outdoors in the United States to subtropical areas of California, Texas, Arizona and Florida as well as Hawaii. It’s often grown as a foundation plant or mixed with other subtropical plants and flowers in the landscape. The large, disc-shaped flowers come in a myriad of colors and can be single or double. It blooms from spring to fall. When overwintering tropical hibiscus indoors in cold winter areas, expect to get some yellowing and dropping of the leaves, even if you place the shrub in a south-facing winter. This is natural due to the low light levels in winter. Place the plant away from cold drafts in a warm room. You can prevent leaf drop by growing the plant under grow lights. Bring the plant indoors at first sign of cold weather in fall. Isolate the plant indoors at first to check for hitchhiking insects such as aphids, white flies, spider mites and mealybugs. Spray with insecticidal soap to kill these pests before they spread to other houseplants. Don’t expect much flowering in winter unless you’re growing plants under lights. Keep the soil on the dry side all winter and don’t fertilizer. (Source: www.gardeningwithcharlie.com)

 

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