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Hibiscus, Tropical

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus, Tropical Plant Features

Few plants offer the tropical touch of tropical hibiscus. These sun-loving plants feature bold, plate-shaped flowers in a dazzling array of colors. You’ll most commonly find these flowering plants blooming in shades of red, pink, yellow, and orange, but there are also purple, lavender-blue, white, and bicolor varieties available. Some also have variegated foliage that adds appeal.

Tropical hibiscus are summer-blooming plants that grow well in containers or in the landscape. Potted hibiscus are bold flowering plants that add dramatic décor to decks, patios, and other spaces. Use them as focal points to accent your outdoor rooms, or group a number of these sun-loving plants together to form a hedge or privacy wall.


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Hibiscus, Tropical Growing Instructions

Tropical hibiscus are sun-loving, flowering plants that grow best with 6 to 8 hours of direct light each day to bloom the most. They can grow in part shade, but they tend to bloom less.

Hibiscus appreciate plenty of water, especially when you grow them in in container gardens. During the hottest part of the season, these summer-blooming shrubs may need watering every day (especially if their roots are cramped in a small pot). It's common for hibiscus plants to drop their flower buds if they dry out too much in summer. 

Fertilize hibiscus monthly with a general-purpose fertilizer, following the directions on the product packaging, to ensure they produce the most blooms possible. You don't need to use special bloom-boosting fertilizers; regular, general-purpose products work just fine. Dwarf hibiscus grow 2-4 feet tall; standard varieties typically grow up to 5 feet tall.

Hibiscus typically don't need much pruning if you grow them in containers. But, if you do wish to prune your hibiscus, you can do so at any time to encourage a bushier, fuller plant. 

Get tips to care for your hibiscus in winter. 

Tropical hibiscus is not recommended for human or animal consumption.

Special Care

Tropical hibiscus are excellent flowering plants in frost-free climates where they bloom on and off all year long. They grow much larger in the South than in the North; it’s common to see some hibiscus grow 15 feet tall and wide or more! These sun-loving plants are often grown as hedges to create a beautiful living privacy wall. 


  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Outside: Sun

  • Colors

    Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated, White, Yellow

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies
    Deer/rabbit resistant
    Super-easy to grow


Complement your Hibiscus, Tropical with these varieties:
Croton
Croton’s boldly variegated leaves are an ideal accent to the bold blooms of hibiscus.

Mandevilla
These two sun-loving plants are a match made in heaven; both hibiscus and mandevilla offer nonstop summertime blooms in rich colors.

Curcuma
Beautiful curucuma is a flowering plant that adds an elegant touch to the bold blooms of tropical hibiscus.


Question
Q: Will my beautiful Tropic Escape hibiscus survive the winter if I plant it outdoors in my yard?

Great question! It depends on where you live. Because beautiful Tropic Escape hibiscus don't tolerate frosty or freezing temperatures, to keep your plant alive over the winter, you'll need to bring your hibiscus indoors if your area experiences more than just a couple of light frosts. The good news is that Tropic Escape hibiscus is fairly easy to care for as a houseplant if you have a bright spot and water it regularly!

Q: Where can I buy a Tropic Escape hibiscus for my yard?

Look for these plants at your local garden center, home improvement center, or mass merchandiser. Or, check out our list of Costa Farms' retail partners. If you still can't find a retailer, send us an email!


Varieties: Our Favorites

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Laluna Shades of Summer® Bahama Mama

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Laluna

Bahama Mama is a cute dwarf variety that practically covers itself in orange, petal-packed double blooms that last longer than most other hibiscus varieties.

Shades of Summer ,   Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Boreas White Shades of Summer® Beachside Bubbly

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Boreas White

A dwarf variety, Beachside Bubbly is especially good for containers. A profuse bloomer, this flowering plant offers a steady show of long-lasting white blooms with rich burgundy centers.

Shades of Summer ,   Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Adonicus Pearl Shades of Summer® Blushing Bellini

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Longiflora Adonicus Pearl

Blushing Bellini offers a reliable show of extremely long-lasting blush-pink flowers on a dwarf, compact plant.

Shades of Summer ,   Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Sex on the Beach Shades of Summer® Sex on the Beach

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Sex on the Beach

Tropic Escape® Sex on the Beach features large, exotic flowers that capture all the tones of a beach-side sunset. It grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide and flowers all summer.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Multi-Tropic Orange Shades of Summer® Tequila Sunrise

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Multi-Tropic Orange

Tequila Sunrise is a dwarf summer-blooming plant that bears an abundance of bold orange flowers all season long.

Shades of Summer ,   Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cherry Mojito Tropic Escape® Cherry Mojito

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cherry Mojito

Cherry Mojito bears dramatic, velvety-red blooms with a nearly black center. Its 8-inch-wide blossoms make this flowering plant a showstopper.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Light My Fire' Tropic Escape® Island Hurricane

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Light My Fire'

Tropic Escape® Light My Fire hibiscus shows off dazzling golden-orange bloom with reddish-pink centers. It grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Mango Daiquiri Tropic Escape® Mango Daiquiri

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Mango Daiquiri

Mango Daiquiri may be unlike any tropical hibiscus you’ve seen before; this sun-loving plant shows off 8-inch-wide double purple flowers that fade to golden yellow at the edges.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Creole Lady' Tropic Escape® Monsoon Mixer

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Creole Lady'

Tropic Escape® Monsoon Mixer is a lovely variety that shows off big, 8-inch-wide blue-purple flowers edged in apricot-gold. The plant grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Who Dat' Tropic Escape® Peach Bellini

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Who Dat'

Tropic Escape® Peach Bellini produces a plethora of huge blooms (more than 8 inches wide!) in a breathtaking shade of peachy-orange. It’s stunning on its own and a knockout paired with any other color.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Black Dream' Tropic Escape® Rum Runner

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Black Dream'

Tropic Escape® Rum Runner is an amazing variety that has large, 8-inch-wide velvety-red flowers. It's one of our favorites! It grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Eye of Kali' Tropic Escape® Rum Runner Remix

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Eye of Kali'

Tropic Escape® Rum Runner Remix shows off especially large 8-inch-wide, bold yellow flowers that have stunning red-and pink centers.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Nectar Pink' Tropic Escape® South Pacific Sipper

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Nectar Pink'

South Pacific Sipper offers some of the largest double flowers around! Each ruffled bloom on this flowering plant is a soft shade of pink.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Cajun Cocktail' Tropic Escape® Sunrise Mimosa

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Cajun Cocktail'

Like a work of art, no two blooms are exactly the same! Each 6-inch-wide red flower is playfully splashed with yellow speckles.

Tropic Escape
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Golden Halo' Tropic Escape® Tiki Temptation

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Golden Halo'

Bold and exotic, Tiki Temptation Tropic Escape® hibiscus features large, golden-yellow blooms decorated with a reddish-pink center.It grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide.

Tropic Escape