The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus

Question: At one time I had a list of hibiscus that would be well in containers and what will work well in full sun and also have containers on the North side of the house which will get late afternoon sun in the summer months.

Answer: I'm sorry, but I don't have such a list either. As a general rule, all hibiscus take full sun. However, here in the low desert, our full sun is too harsh, and they do better with morning sun and protection from the late afternoon sun. They do well in containers provided it is large enough for the root system and has extremely well-draining soil. That way, they can be moved around with the sun during the seasons.

Although hibiscus are sold in the low desert, as a tropical plant they are not ideally suited to our conditions, so our harsh environment can take a toll on them. Hibiscus also prefer acid soil conditions and our desert soils are alkaline, so it is easier in a container environment is easier to maintain the soil they prefer.

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