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Flowering Tropicals

Hibiscus Care:

Summer Care: Please report into a clay pot at least 12". Use 'GOOD' potting mix (we recommend Heartland Potting Mix). Use Osmocote fertilizer..2 tablespoons in a 12" pot. 3 tablespoons in a 16" pot. Miracle-Gro can be used instead, but must be used weekly. One gallon per week per pot. Place in 1/2 day of sun, to full day of sun. Systemic insecticide is recommended year round.

Water Care! Soil should be kept moist. A 12" to 16" pot will probably require at least 2 gallons of water a day to fully moisten the soil properly. Yes - water will come out the drainage hole. That DOES NOT mean its well watered. It takes a while for the Root Ball to get thoroughly wet. Don't be afraid to over water - it's next to impossible when growing in a sunny spot!

Winter Care: Hibiscus should come into the house before the first frost. If plant has grown too large, prune back. They can be pruned back to 1/2 its size. It doesn't matter where on the stem. If it needs to be repotted, do so before bringing in for winter. Place in the sunniest window you have. **When moving back out in spring cut back if necessary. Fertilize, repot if necessary, and step up the watering. If repotting isn't an option you can root trim: cut off 1 to 2 inches of root, repot into same pot with fresh soil, Osmocote, and systemic insecticide. Place in shade for a week before gradually moving into a sunny spot.


Mandy's are an easy to grow tropical twining vine. Place near deck rails, trellis or other support. They like at least 1/2 day of sun, and thriving in full sun. Can grow on hot decks or patios. Small Mandy's should be repotted into larger pots. Use Heartland Potting Mix, and Osmocote fertilizer. Water daily if grown in pots.

Winter Care: Bring in before first frost. Cut it back to about 2 feet from the soil level and place in a sunny window. They will probably not bloom, but that is normal. You are just keeping it alive until spring when you can take it back outside. In spring wait until about May 1st to put it back outside in the shade for a week before moving it to it's sunny spot.

Mandy's do not like to be cool.


Tropical vine that likes it sunny and hot. Needs at least 1/2 day of sun, but prefers more. Water when soil is dry.

Bring inside for the winter and put in the sunniest window you have or use grow lights.

It if grows leggy, cut it back in the spring when you take it back outside. About May 1st is when it's time to go back outside. Place in shade for a week, before putting it in a sunny location.

If you are having trouble getting it to re-bloom, cut back on the watering. Allow soil to dry until plant wilts, Let it be wilted for a day or 2 and then water well. This should SHOCK it into blooming again. Use Osmocote fertilizer in summer.

Dipladenia - "DIPS":

"Dips" grow under the same conditions that Mandys do. They are a cousin of the Mandy. They have a much glossier leaf than a Mandy. Unusually then do not need to be cut back before brining into the house. They are also not a vigorous vine that a Mandy is. They are beautiful in a pot.


Fragrant and beautiful. Grow gardenias on the north or east side of the house. They can not tolerate hot afternoon sun. Repot into larger pot and use Miracid, or other acid based fertilizer once a month. Outside they need to be watered almost daily.

Gardenias are sensitive to sprays, so be careful what you spray on them if they get insects. Check the label very carefully.

Gardenias come into the house for the winter, and want to be in a north or east window. Keep away from heat vents. Mist weekly, and it is preferable to get a pan filled with pebbles and filled with water to set the pot on the raise the humid which is a must fro gardenias. They can sometimes be difficult in the house because of temperature and humidity issues.



Special Info:

OSMOCOTE time release fertilizer. More economical and easier than mixing blue water.


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