Hibiscus enjoys a lot of bright light. Keep the plant in an area where it will not receive a lot of filtered sunlight.


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Water Habits

The plant performs best with a steady supply of water so do not allow the soil to dry in between waterings. It should be watered until the soil becomes a dark color, almost black, but not to the point where the soil is no longer able to absorb the water.


Ideal Temperature for Hibiscus: 62-80°F (17-27°C) Min: 40°F (4°C)

Did You Know ?

Hibiscus is known for its beautiful flowers and for being one of the oldest cultivated ornamental plants as it has been grown for centuries, first in the Orient, later in Europe and for the last hundred years or so by Florida Nurseries. The plant is native to Asia, found naturally in a swampy environment, so it requires a steady supply of water and does not do well with drying out. The most common species of Hibiscus grown is sold as the “Rosa-sinesnsis”, which means Chinese Rose. One of the fun things about this plant is the multiple color options that are available which makes it one of the more beautiful plants to have in your collection.

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Pink Hibiscus Mealy Bugs:

The majority of the Mealy bug family is white, waxy creatures that live in large colonies usually on the undersides of the leaves and/or around leaf joints. The main difference with a Pink Mealy bug, is just that, its color. Just like all mealy bugs, the pink mealy bug is roughly 3mm in length. Though this insect bears the name of the hibiscus it doesn’t only attack hibiscus plants, it will infest any ornamental plant, so the first course of action should be to remove the infested plant from any of the other plants within your home. After that either take a water bottle to spray the affected area to wash off the bugs, or wipe off the infestation with cotton buds dipped in rubbing alcohol. Take note that this may not work to get rid of all the Mealybugs at one time, so keep the plant away from others while you monitor it for more insects. Another option is to buy the Mealy Bugs natural predator called the Mealybug destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) which is a species of lady bug. This is an option for heavily infested plants, if you do not want to dispose of the plant for some reason. Once the Mealybugs have been killed and consumed the Mealybug destroyer will die off from a lack of a food source. Be aware however this particular breed of mealy bug is hard to destroy and the safest bet is to dispose of the infected plants.

Hibiscus Erinose Mite:

The Erinose Mite is basically invisible to the naked eye. It was introduced to America through illegal imported hibiscus cuttings (as it was into other parts of the world) from Brazil. When looked at under a powerful magnify looking glass, the Erinose mite has a worm like appearance but with only two pairs of legs. However this mite is so small you shouldn’t expect to find the mite itself, just the damage it is causing to the plant. The damage will be seen clearly on the young leaves of the hibiscus. These young leaves will be extremely pimply as will the new leaf shoots (axillary buds), which is caused by the mites injecting a compound into the tissue that makes the young green tissue expand. Best way to handle this problem is to prune the area of the hibiscus that is affected and then spray the plant with a miticide/insecticide. Remember to dispose of the pruned clippings in a way that they will not allow for the mites to spread to other hibiscus.


There are many species of scales that are commonly found in indoor house or greenhouse plants. Some species of the insect can have an armored shell like covering that will protect its entire form while others will have none at all. Those with the waxy shell can have its protection removed by simply scraping it away. It is easiest to tell the difference as the soft scales (no armored protection) produce honeydew while the armored scales will not. Scales feed on your plant by sucking on the plant’s sap. This will promote poor growth which will eventually stunt the growth of your plant. It can also lead to your plant being infested to sooty mold.

The most practical thing to do for your first attempt at cleaning up your plant from its infestation is to use soap and water to wash off the leaves and stems. If your plant is heavily infested, you can try an insecticide spray schedule on your plant that involves 2 to 3 sprays a week every two weeks. It is usually best to discard the plant however before the infestation can spread.


Aphids are commonly known as the greenfly or black fly, and they are the most common pest for indoor houseplants. They are small insects (usually 1 to 5mm) and generally infest flowers, shoot tips and soft leaves. They are not likely to kill your plant but these sap-sucking insects will cause the flowers and leaves to look very distorted and/or curled.

To treat the Aphid infestation you should first try to wash off the colonies from your plant. To do this use a strong spray bottle filled with water, however this treatment does not work with all species of Aphids. The next method to try is with a fine spray of soapy water on the colonies. This will interfere with their ability to breathe. If the second method fails, you will need to succumb and purchase a systemic poison or a spray containing Malathion. We suggest Malathion because it has a relatively low human toxicity.

White Fly:

Infestation of White Fly on your plants usually becomes very apparent when you go to water your plant or disturb it in any other manner. The white fly is a small moth like insect that is about 1/8th of an inch in length, completely white and often spotted as they fly between plants once the plant has been disturbed. This pest is notorious for carrying diseases between plants and also releases a sticky substance that promotes mold growth as well as Sooty Mould. The insect can often be found underneath the leaves of the plant. One of the first signs of the whitefly may be yellowing and a loss of leaves on your plant.

As this pest is airborne it won’t be as easy to spray insecticide to suffocate the White Fly. If you do choose the insecticide route, it is best to keep up your treatment by spraying several times in four to five day intervals. Another solution is to introduce the White Fly’s natural predator into the environment. The Encarsia Formosa (a tiny member of the wasp family) and does not sting humans. In fact they are so tiny (females are about 0.6mm long), once released into the environment the only sign of their existence will be that your population of white flies will dwindle down to nothing. One note: Before releasing this predator of the white fly make sure to wipe off any insecticides you might have sprayed as a first attempt to rid your plants of the pest as it will affect the Encarsia Formosa as well.

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Nitrogen Deficiency:

If you start seeing some discoloration and yellowing of the leaves on your plant it is usually caused from a Nitrogen deficiency. The yellowing usually starts at the tips of the leaf and works its way inwards with no particular pattern. It will consume the oldest, lower leaves first until only the newest growth stays green. Here are a few recommended tips to handle a nitrogen deficiency. If you own a fish aquarium empty some of the aquarium water you have replaced into the soil of the plant. Another solution would be to spray the leaves of the plants with a foliar fertilizer [fertilizers made especially for applying nutrients to the leaves] with a mix of about 5-10-5 (percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium).

Iron Deficiency:

Interior plants can often suffer from an Iron deficiency. You can tell that your plant is experiencing by a lack of iron by observing the young leaves on the plant. There may be a slight yellowing, shedding of new leaves or flowers, or stunting of growth. This usually occurs to plants that are in poorly aerated soil or have been overwatered to the point of saturation. Fortunately iron deficiency can be alleviated with regular applications of an iron sulfate foliar fertilizer or for a long term solution correct the poorly aerated soil and do not over water.

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