Planting Soil For Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Las Vegas, NV
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Question by shustagirl
March 15, 2001
I have purchased a hibiscus tree that I want to container garden in a large pot. I would like to know what is the best type of soil conditions I can provide for it to grow well in a container. Does it need to be acidic or alkaline or will a good potting soil be fine? I also read that a hibiscus likes to be kept humid. I live in Las Vegas where it is very hard to keep the humidity high outdoors during the summer, do you have any suggestions for me in this respect?

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2001
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 prefer acid soil conditions, so use a good potting soil, mix in peat moss, and then fertilize with something like Miracid. As for keeping it humid, it's kind of a losing battle here. About the best you can do is group it with other container plants in a location protected from wind and afternoon sun.

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