Thoughts of: Hibiscus

Hibiscus shrubs are the most popular plant in Southern Florida.  With their quick-growing rate; their lush, green foliage; and their bright, showy flowers blooming almost year round is it any wonder why they’re so popular?  Planted as a hedge or high border, you’ll have a cacophony of color.

There is a downside though.  Along with the continuous blooms of color come with it the continuous assaults from myriads of pests.

Thrips, Mealy Bugs, Aphids, White Fly, and Spider Mites are just the most common of pests you will see dinning on the prized plants.

Never fear for there is a safe, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive way to treat these vermin.

Soap.  Liquid dish soap to be exact.  Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory, etc…  Just add two ounces of your standard liquid dish soap into a spray bottle, fill the rest with water and you are ready to go.  Just spray the undersides of the leave and flowers and you will kill all the insects invading your plants.

The liquid dish soap also has another benefit.  When used in the spring and summer months, the concoction will also act as a fungicide.  Just as soap dries out your hands, It will also dry the skin of the plant protecting it from the dense fog and high humidity common to the Southern Florida region during these seasons.

If you feel that the soap is too harsh and is causing leaf drop, just gently spray the plant down with water one hour after administering the home-made insecticide.

Hibiscus plants and their flowers are a treasured piece of Florida’s heritage and with just a little bit of work you can ensure their health so everyone can enjoy their beauty.

Here’s some more for you.

(This post brought to you for the Trifecta Challenge.)

18 thoughts on “Thoughts of: Hibiscus

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  2. These are very beautiful pictures. Hibiscus is quite common too in the country I came from. I like that tip about the natural fungicide. Our roses are in constant attacks by pests.

    • Roses are very picky in Florida. The high humidity constantly brings black spot on the leaves and petals. There are two types ofrootstocks that will work here, Dr. Huey and Fortuniana. The Fortuniana is the one to go with for the healthiest plants.

  3. I love the hibiscus. When I was growing up, we were in southern California. We used to put the hibiscus in our hair with a pony tail holder and wear them all day. It’s a good thing I wasn’t afraid of bugs then, now I would have to wash it first. LOL… I love the orange and yellow combo!

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