Escape To The Tropics With Hibiscus

12 Dec, 2023

With their striking blooms and tropical feel, hibiscus are a favourite in Auckland gardens. Whether they’re deciduous or evergreen, large or small, any hibiscus plant you see will undoubtedly catch your eye. Hibiscus are a striking addition to any garden. Plant en masse for an eye-catching floral display, or individually to add a touch of tropical charm. Some hibiscus varieties can be grown indoors.


Sunlight is key for a happy hibiscus. They prefer full sun, with some protection from strong winds. Hibiscus can be grown in containers or planted directly in the ground, and they grow well in soil that is well-draining and rich in organic matter.

If planting directly in the ground, add Kings Compost, Kings Sheep Pellets, and Kings Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertiliser at planting time to enrich your soil with nutrients.

If planting in pots, use Kings Container Mix, as this has water storage crystals which help with moisture retention. Water in well with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster whether they’re planted in the ground or in a pot.


Regular watering is critical, especially while your hibiscus are getting established. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not waterlogged. Monthly feeding during spring, summer, and autumn with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster will encourage strong, healthy plants and roots.

In spring, prune your hibiscus back by a third to encourage bushier growth. Hibiscus flower on new growth, so pruning back helps to promote more flowers.

Growing Indoors

Some varieties of evergreen hibiscus, such as HibisQs, can be grown as an indoor plant, bringing a touch of tropical paradise to your indoor space. They stay under 1 metre in height, and have longer lasting flowers than other hibiscus. Just find a spot with bright, indirect light. Be sure to water at the base, and mist the leaves regularly to maintain high humidity.

Deciduous Hibiscus

Deciduous hibiscus, such as Hibiscus moscheutos, are much more hardy than the evergreen varieties and can handle harsher conditions. They boast large, dinner plate-like blooms, and flower slightly later in the season, from late-summer to mid-autumn. Unlike the evergreen varieties, deciduous hibiscus shed their leaves in winter, creating a distinct seasonal appearance. Plant a combination of deciduous and evergreen hibiscus to fill your garden with their tropical charm for a longer flowering season.

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