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Hibiscus don’t like change. Because your plant has been in a box without sunlight or water for a few days in shipping, it may decide to yellow and drop a few leaves or buds when it first arrives. This is normal. (If it loses all leaves, this is not normal, and you should contact us at once.)
You can help it to adapt to it’s new home: 1 Unwrap your plant gently. Leave the newspaper on top of the soil for the first watering. Your hibiscus should be placed in a semi-shaded area for the first few days. 2 It needs to be thoroughly watered. Fill a bucket with slightly warm (not hot) water, and immerse your plant up to the top of the pot for a minute or so. Remove from the water when there are no more bubbles, and then take off the newspaper on top of the soil. 3 Gradually adapt it to sunlight over a week or so, by putting it out in the sun for an hour or 2 longer each day, then returning it to shade. After about a week, it can remain in full sun. REMEMBER THAT IF THE OUTDOOR WEATHER IS NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING YOU MUST KEEP THE PLANT INSIDE. BEING EXPOSED TO FREEZING WEATHER WILL KILL THE PLANT.
Before you transplant... When you first remove your plant from its 6” pot, before transplanting, GENTLY disentangle 4-6 of the roots on the outside of the potting soil by CAREFULLY lifting some of them away from the soil. (We have enclosed a barbecue skewer in your order for this purpose.) Your new plant needs transplanting soon!!!
If it is too cold to take your plant outside, do put it in a sunny window. Many of our customers have had excellent results in the winter by growing their hibiscus under grow lights.
At first your new plants will put energy into growth but before you know it youʻll begin to get more and more flowers. Most tropical hibiscus are 1 day flowers. They normally close and die at the end of the day and once the bush is established it will usually give you new flowers many days.
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