How To Grow A Hibiscus From A Leaf

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The leaves of hibiscus plants are generally considered to be useless, but they are actually a key component of the plant, and could even lead to it growing from leaf to root. Read this blog article to learn how you can use that leaf like a magic wand for your plant!

What is a Hibiscus?

A hibiscus is a flowering plant in the Malvaceae family. Hibiscus flowers are often brightly coloured and Rufous in tone, with deep red or black petals. Hibiscus flowers are pollinated by bees, butterflies, or other insects. Hibiscus leaves are simple, alternate, lobed and leathery.

How To Grow A Hibiscus From A Leaf

If you’re looking to add some color to your garden this fall, consider growing a hibiscus. Hibiscus is a tough, hardy succulent that needs little care once it’s established.

1. Start with a sturdy stem. Hibiscus stems can be quite slender and delicate, so choose a healthy stem that is well-rooted and has a few large leaves attached. Hibiscus vines can grow anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet long, so make sure the stem you choose can support the plant’s growth.

2. Choose the right container. Hibiscus prefer containers that are deep and well-draining, such as wood or plastic planters or tubs. Fill half of the container with soil, then place the hibiscus stem on top of the soil. Water well and fertilize every two weeks during spring and summer.

3. Protect your hibiscus from cold weather. In fall, before temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, cover your hibiscus with a layer of burlap or an old sheet to protect it from frost. If you live in an area where winters are harsh, cover the pot with a layer of mulch to insulate it from cold temperatures.

4. Set your hibiscus in bright, indirect sunlight for best results. During spring and summer, the plant can tolerate intense sun and strong light. In winter, during the cooler months, it will appreciate shade.

5. Protect from deer by tying plants to posts with sisal or other twine or stringing them around trees.

6. Prune out dead tissue from pruning stems and leaves if necessary to keep your hibiscus healthy and growing well.