How do I Choose the Best Hibiscus Fertilizer?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 December 2019
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When you are looking for hibiscus fertilizer, try to find one that is low in phosphorus. You should also make sure it is high in potassium. Look for a product that contains trace minerals, such as copper and iron. Read the label to see how often the fertilizer needs to be applied in order to be effective. Consider buying a product that is intended only for growing hibiscus flowers if you have a large garden of these plants.

Fertilizer is given a set of three numbers, each of which identifies the level of certain ingredients. The first number is the percent of nitrogen, the second phosphorus, and the last one potassium. A good choice for hibiscus flowers is one that is rated 17-5-24. If this formula is unavailable, try to find one that has the least amount of phosphorus and a high level of potassium.

Copper and iron are important minerals for growing hibiscus flowers. These ingredients should be found in trace or very small amounts. Read the label to see if the product you are considering has these minerals. If it also contains boron, this can be an added bonus.


Hibiscus fertilizer varies in the frequency and manner of application. Before you make a purchase, find out how the product needs to be applied and how often the manufacturer recommends you do so. Some brands require you to add fertilizer to the soil each time you water the plants, while others many only need to be added once a month.

A good hibiscus fertilizer should be water soluble, which means it dissolves when placed in water. The fertilizer can be either granular or liquid. Think about how you might apply the product in order to choose the right type. If you are using a sprayer, a liquid form might be best. In the event the fertilizer will be added to the soil when you water your plants, granules could be easiest to use.

If you are confused about the type of hibiscus fertilizer to buy, do not be afraid to ask a professional for advice. There are a number of products on the market that are designed especially for hibiscus flowers, so you may want to consider one of those. Choosing the right fertilizer is an essential part of growing these flowers, so finding the best one can be worth the time and effort it takes to do so.



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