growing hibiscus shrubs in containers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by duchessvicky
May 9, 2010
i just purchased 2 hibiscus plants but i am not sure what kind of soil to use they are about 2 ft tall or more i have these large containers so they will have some room but also i am seeing some little white bumps on them what kind of insectiside should i buy? or dirt could i purchase the dirt already mixed at store? also how long can i leave them in original pots it hasent been a week yet

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2010
You can leave your hibiscus in the nursery pots fo the remainder of the summer but they will be much happier if you transplant them into larger containers. Use pre packaged potting soil in your containers and set your new plants into the potting soil so they are growing at the same soil level as they were growing in the nursery pots. Make sure the new containers have adequate drainage holes in the bottom so excess water can drain out. I'm not sure what the little white bumps might be. Why not clip off a branch or stem with the bumps and take it into your garden center for help? The staff can probably identify the problem and recommend a control measure. Good luck with your new hibiscus!

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