The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Hibiscus

Question: We have what we think is Japanese Hibiscus in our front yard. (Brought over by seed from Japan). We would like to move it to another area. Right now it is in full sun. Will it do well in shade, and how and when is the best time to transplant it?

Answer: Japanese Hibiscus is Abelmoschus moschatus, a sun-loving perennial with mid- to late-summer blooms. It will not flower as readily in shady or partly shady sites so I'd suggest keeping it where it will enjoy all-day sunshine. Shady situations will also encourage disease problems. If you decide to move your plant, early spring is a good time to do so, when temperatures are mild and rainfall abundant.

Best wishes with your garden!

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