How to Divide & Transplant a Hibiscus

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Hibiscus are some of the most beautiful flowering shrubs in the tropical garden. Divide and transplant a hibiscus with help from a certified professional horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Justin Hancock, horticulturist and garden guru for Costa Farms. Today, we're going to be talking about how to divide and transplant hibiscus. Hibiscus are some of the most beautiful flowering shrubs in the tropical garden. Sometimes they outgrow their space, the plants around them get a little too big, cast too much shade or you just want to transplant it to a different spot. Happily the process is pretty easy. Let's see how. First, take a look at your hibiscus. If there's mulch around it, move the mulch so you don't have to dig through that and then take a look and see how wide your root ball is. A great way to try to determine how big your root ball is is to look a the plant's canopy and go in from there. Now when it comes to digging, carefully sink your shovel into the ground, dig in and gently go around the plant in a circular fashion building off your root ball. Don't try to lift your plant too early. I always try to get as much of the circle in place as possible before moving the plant. Once it feels nice and loose you are ready to lift the plant up out of the ground. Again be careful to maintain as much of the root ball as possible, lifting it out. Once it's like his you are ready to move it over to its new spot. We're going to be bringing this hibiscus to more sun so it can thrive. And here's the new spot for a hibiscus. It has plenty of sun and more space so it can thrive. Start by digging a new hole. You want to make sure your new hole is about the size of the root ball. It's very important not to plant the plant too deeply. If it is too deep, it can have troubles later on. And now here's a tip. If you have an especially large plant, dig your hole ahead of time, that will lessen the amount of time that your plant is out of the ground and make it a lot less stressful for it. Now once you dig your new hole, fill it in with the soil that you dug out. It's very important to fill in with the soil that you dug out of the hole. A lot of people want to fill in with new fresh soil but your plant will perform better with the old soil that's right around it. Pack it in really nice so you have good soil to contact, water it in and then your hibiscus is ready to thrive in its new spot. So as you can see, it's pretty simple to transplant a hibiscus. Dig it out of the ground, plant it at the same level it was growing before, back fill with the same soil, water well and you're off to a new start.


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