Repotting the hibiscus - step by step instructions


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Rosemary (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is an eye-catcher for rooms and terraces. But it has to be repotted from time to time. Find out what to look for here.

Red-flowered rosemary.

Balcony or terrace gardeners, are mostly plant and flower friends who do not have their own garden. Yet they develop great and admirable horticultural skills to turn their few square feet of the apartment into a thriving gem. There thrive plants, shrubs and shrubs that grow equally in the garden. Among them also mix several houseplants.

Out in the open air, the rosemary (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) also feels at home in summer. The fact that it develops well in the pot or bucket over many years is mainly due to the fact that it is repotted from time to time. You will find a tutorial on repotting here, step by step.

Repot the hibiscus before it goes into the summer resort

It is gradually time to transplant the Zimmerhibiscus to think when first root tips from the drain holes can be seen on the bottom of the pot.
The best time for it is the spring, when the growth spurt of the plant begins. This can vary from region to region. Thus, observations have shown that in southern Germany, this growth spurt can already begin in March, while in the north until April to wait.

For example, the forsythia (gold bells) could herald the right time to repot.

Sinnvoll Select a new planter for hibiscus.

  • Select the pot for transplanting the rose sativa meaningfully. For this purpose, a planter made of plastic is rather recommended, as a pot of clay. A clay pot absorbs the moisture when pouring. As a result, minerals of the fertilizer can be absorbed by the damp pot wall. When watering and fertilising it can lead to irritation for the plant. In addition, it harms the root, if in damp and cool summers the moisture in the pot lasts too long.
  • In addition, the new pot should not be too big. If it is 1 to 2 centimeters larger than the previous one, then it is enough. Take a larger pot, then you need more substrate for planting. This absorbs a larger amount of moisture, much more than the plant can absorb in a short time. And that can ultimately lead to waterlogging, the musty substrate and root rot.
  • For large plants, use the same pot again as before. Only the root mass you have to cut back strongly.

❷ The right plant substrate

In order to protect the roots of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis from possible root diseases, the plant should be placed in a special substrate. Therefore, do not take normal potting soil that is too wet for too long. Therefore, it is advisable that you mix your particular substrate yourself. For this you need:

  1. 7 parts of high-quality balcony and potted soil
  2. 2 parts compost
  3. 7 parts Perlite (available here)

Where did you get the compost from? Ask the hobby gardeners in your circle of friends or colleagues if they can help you with compost. Otherwise you can get information in your community about where a composting plant is located near you and if it is possible to buy compost from there. Another option is the Ga-La-Bau. This gardening and landscaping company is represented in almost all major towns. That can certainly help you.

❸ And off to the new pot

Finally, the repot itself is done. Previously, you have filled the new planter with something of your own mixed substrate. Now the hibiscus can move into its new pot.

  • Hold the plant and turn it upside down with the pot. Then remove the plant from the pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • If you have taken the rosemary, then you find a closed root wall. It is important to loosen up the root wall well. For this, a fork can be very helpful. Cut long protruding roots with sharp scissors. The hibiscus will not harm you harmless damage to the root.
  • Now fill in the gap between root and pot wall with the substrate. Then they water their rosemary well. Put the pot on a kitchen towel. The excess water is absorbed by the cloth. So no waterlogging is caused.

by the wayIf the root wall is not loosened, it may take a long time for roots to grow into the new substrate.

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