Good drainage and the right sized pot are both important to the growing success of your new hibiscus. Your new plant is usually in a 5" or 6” pot. To bump it up, choose a pot that is either 8” or at the most 10” in diameter. It should have at least 5 drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This pot can later be placed inside of a fancy ceramic pot if you wish, with pebbles at the bottom of the ceramic pot to aid in drainage. Transplanting directly into a ceramic pot is not a good idea because there arenʻt enough drainage holes.
If you can find it in your area, you might choose “Living Earth Technology Rose Mix”, Pro-Mix, or Sunshine #4 for your potting soil. Many other potting soils hold too much water and you can end up with root rot. If you’re using a different commercial potting soil, we recommend that you mix 3/4 potting soil and 1/4 perlite, again to help with drainage. You can add slow release fertilizer too before transplanting!
Your hibiscus will die if they are exposed to freezing weather. If you are growing them inside during cold weather, consider putting your potted hibiscus under grow lights. Then you can have blooms all year long! Once Spring arrives and the temperatures are consistently above freezing, take your plants outside to enjoy the sunshine!
We highly recommend a wonderful web page for those of you growing hibiscus in cold climates. Go to:
GROWING YOUR HIBISCUS IN POTS