How to Plant Hibiscus in the Fall


Hibiscus are a group of deciduous flowering plants that are usually grown as shrubs. They produce showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that range in color from yellow, red, white, pink and bi-color. Hibiscus can grow up to 15 feet tall, depending on the variety being grown. According to Louisiana State University, you should plant a hibiscus where it will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day.

Step 1

Dig a planting hole that is 2 to 3 times the width of the root ball and approximately its same depth. If you are planting more than one hibiscus, space the holes for each hibiscus plant between 3 and 6 feet apart, depending on the variety you are growing.

Step 2

Remove the hibiscus from its growing container. If it's been growing in a 1 gallon pot or smaller, turn the pot upside down. Hold the hibiscus along its stem right by the top of its root ball. Strike upwards along the rim of the pot using a small block of wood or a trowel. If it's been growing in a 2 gallon or larger container, set the pot on its side on the ground. Use a block of wood or a trowel and strike in a downwards motion along the rim of the container to slide the pot off the root ball.

Step 3

Set the hibiscus into the previously dug planting hole. Make sure it's sitting vertical in the hole and that's sitting at the same level as the surrounding garden soil as it was in its original growing container.

Step 4

Scoop in soil to fill the planting hole half-full of soil. Pour water into the planting hole until it's full. Scoop in soil to fill the planting hole full after the water has totally drained away. Tamp down the soil around the hibiscus using a trowel or the base of your hand.

Step 5

Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the hibiscus to protect it over winter. Use pine bark, grass clipping, leaf mold or another other like organic media.

Things You'll Need

  • Hibiscus plant
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Mulch


  • National Gardening Association: Planting Hibiscus
  • Louisiana State University: Tropical Hibiscus
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Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.