The Q&A Archives: planting hibiscus

Question: I live in Surprise, AZ and was wondering if I could plant a hibiscus at this time of year. It is now over 100 degrees.

Answer: If you just purchased your plant from a garden center, you may want to test it first before planting. Sometimes nursery plants are provided with afternoon shade in the nursery and if you set it out in the summer sun, the leaves can burn. Here's how to test your plant: set your new plant near the spot where you are going to plant it and give it a week to become accustomed to the heat and sunshine. As long as it is growing well for that week, you can safely plant it in the ground. If the leaves begin to burn or the plant wilts in the summer sun, set it in a more protected place and wait until cooler weather to plant it in the ground. Best wishes with your new hibiscus.

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