Hibiscus or Shoeflowers are medium-sized blooms in vibrant colors. The plant flowers regularly, every 3-4 days and each flower lasts for 2-3 days before wilting. Each plant produces multiple blooms, usually in groups of 2 and 3. Hibiscus flowers can be collected after wilting to make concentrated hair oils and masks.
Hibiscus plants can be easily grown in any type of soil but need regular pest control and good organic fertilization to grow and produce blooms.
Place in bright sunlight if available. Best kept in balconies, sunny windows or a garden. In hot summers, placing in partial shade is preferable.
Monsoon: Water the plants 1-2 a week if kept in a dry area. If receiving direct rainfall, check if soil is wet and reduce the frequency. Do not over water.
Summer: Water every alternate day.
Winter: Water 2 times a week. Always water the soil, not the stems of plant.
Mix 2 spoons of organic fertiliser once a month in the soil or 1 spoon every 2 weeks.
Check weekly for pests. If using insecticide, pour 6 drops in 1 litre of water and spray the solution on affected areas only. If using Eucalyptus or Neem oil, pour 1 teaspoon in 1 litre of water and then spray on affected areas only.