How to Plant a Hibiscus Outdoors


There are more than 40 varieties of the hibiscus plant, which can make it simple to find a variety that will grow well in your own yard no matter where you live. A trip to your local nursery will show you the varieties that are winter hardy for your area. Some hibiscus plants also will do well outdoors in a container, provided they are brought inside during the freezing days of winter.

Step 1

Start hibiscus seeds indoors approximately 12 weeks before the last frost date for your area. Soak the seeds in hot water for one hour before sowing into peat pots or flats, filled with a high quality, fertilizer-added potting soil. If purchasing established plants from a greenhouse or nursery, purchase the plants when you are ready to transplant.

Step 2

Choose an area of your garden that has good drainage and full sun. Dig a hole in the prepared space twice as large and deep as the hibiscus plant you are transplanting.

Step 3

Place the seedling in the hole and backfill the hole with the dirt removed with the shovel or spade. Water the plants thoroughly or until water just begins to stand on the surface.

Step 4

Water the transplants often enough to keep the surrounding soil moist to the touch. During the hot summer, you may have to water every two to three days.

Step 5

Fertilize the plants with a 20-20-20 fertilizer at least once a month, with every two to three weeks being optimum for growth. Follow the label directions for mixing and applying the fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Hibiscus seeds or seedlings
  • Peat pots or planting flats
  • Fertilizer-added potting soil
  • Prepared planting area
  • Garden shovel or trowel
  • 20-20-20 fertilizer


  • University of Minnesota: Hibiscus
  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension: You've Just Crossed Over Into The Exotic Plant Zone
  • Clemson University: Hibiscus
  • USDA: Hibiscus Plant Profile
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