Ask a Question forum: hibiscus potted plant care on lanai

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Name: Barbara Miller
FL (Zone 10a)
gardenbarb
Jul 29, 2016 12:28 PM CST
I would like your help in caring for my hibiscus plant. When should I expect to see flowers? I have cut back the hard wooden stems and give it water spritzing twice a day with once a week base water. I live in Florida and the lanai is screened so there is no exposure to good or bad pests. Here in Florida, we usually get an afternoon drench and I have relied on that. I purchased the plant about a month ago and the plant doesn't seem to be as full now. What kinds of things should I do? Also, I would like to add one or two additional hibiscus plants.

I have asked a lot of questions and I would be grateful for any assistance you can provide.
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
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Zazinnia
Jul 29, 2016 1:49 PM CST
Welcome, Barbara. What size is your plant?? Could you take a picture for us??
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 29, 2016 1:58 PM CST
Welcome! to NGA

Hibiscus bloom on old wood. You might be cutting off potential flowers. They need full sun and lots of water and fertilizer to bloom.
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Name: Barbara Miller
FL (Zone 10a)
gardenbarb
Aug 4, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Hello, Daisy! Thank you for your comment/advice. I will try your suggestions: I am so sad that my beautiful plant is not thriving. The lanai gets full Florida sun and we get rain everyday and I was thinking that the rain would be enough --- so I will need to increase my watering a little more. I have had the plant about a month or so and am wondering if I should re-pot and fertilize it. I love the hibiscus plant and want very much to have more (once I get the hang of caring for it properly). Thanks!
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