Hibiscus Plants – A Trumpet of Color

Hibiscus plants are a beautiful addition to any outdoor or indoor environment. They produce large, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom for extended periods of time. There are approximately 200 species of hibiscus, which vary in size, color and cold tolerance. Blooms may be seen in red, white, blue, pink, yellow, purple, and mixed colors that may extend up to a foot wide. One can understand why these plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds to any garden.

These plants are typically divided into two groups: Hardy Hibiscus and Tropical Hibiscus. Tropical Hibiscus enjoys a warm, humid environment with temperatures above 50 degrees F while the Hardy Hibiscus survives in a cooler climate in which temperatures may drop below freezing in the winter. Tropical hibiscus plants need to be brought indoors during the winter months because they cannot tolerate much more than a light freeze, or the plant will die. The Hardy Perennial Hibiscus (often called Rose Mallow) dies back to the ground each year, but eventually re-emerges to produce those large colorful blooms. Rose of Sharon is another Hardy Hibiscus variety that produces giant blooms during the mid-summer months. The leaves and stems die down to the ground with the colder weather; however, the roots may live in freezing temperatures with little to no protection. These plants do take their time developing in the spring. Sometimes the plant doesn’t come to life until early summer! Make sure to cut back, old woody stems before new foliage arise.

Provide your Hibiscus plant with at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight, especially if you want to enjoy many blooms. When Hibiscus are in their blooming stage, they require large amounts of water. Daily watering is needed during the warm weather. Try to keep the plant moist, but not soaking wet. A nice layer of mulch is beneficial to keep the ground ideal. Once the weather cools, cut back on the watering. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch.

Hibiscus prefer an acidic soil that drains well. A mixture of peat, sand, garden soil, and organic compost create the perfect blend of soil. Hibiscus need nutrients to bloom. In the summer months, use a fertilizer with mostly nitrogen and potassium. Potassium will result in better health and more blooms. A natural way to increasing potassium to your soil is to incorporate your unused banana peels.

Moderate pruning should be done to keep the plant tall and growing. Pruning helps to promote new growth and causes more blossoms to appear as well. Cut the branches just above a node or leaf joint and angle the cut away from the center of the plant. This will send a signal to the plant to grow more branches at this location – away from the center of the hibiscus. Pruning back the plant immediately before the dormant cold weather is a must!

Did you know that the flowers and leaves of the Hibiscus plant may be found in teas and liquid extracts that are useful to treat high blood pressure, weight loss and fevers? Also, the Hibiscus is Hawaii’s state flower. Traditionally worn by Hawaiian girls. A fun fact is, if the flower is worn behind the left ear, the women is married or in a relationship. If the flower is worn behind the right ear, she is recognized as being single or available for a relationship. Something your staff may have fun with when you host a Hibiscus Day in your store!

If you have never grown a Hibiscus plant, take some time this year and add some gorgeous color to your living space and consider that one-of-a kind plant that will beautify any environment!

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Merchant’s Picks For February

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for February 2018.

Merchant Picks - February 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
D28 6YR3100Landscape Weed Barrier - 6 YearIdeal for short-term weed control for annual plantings.
H51 LKIT60 Agrosun Dayspot Grow Light KitEasy-to-use clamp-on, grow light is great for growing light-loving plants anywhere in your home. Great for orchids, terrariums, bonsai, and all houseplants. Promote healthy growth year round.
H51 MT10006Seedling Heat MatJump start your seeds with this seedling heat mat. Offers more uniform heating and the durability to withstand rugged greenhouse environments. Increases success of seedlings and cuttings. 9" x 19.5".
P95 F2Felco No. F2 Classic Model PrunerHandles with rubber shock absorber and cushion to protect the wrist, toothed center-nut for aligning the cutting and anvil blades easily and precisely for a clean, accurate cut.
S32 453816" Essential Line Planter - Dark RedThe perfect colors for Valentine's Day. It's waterproof and comes fitted with a drainage plug to protect indoor surfaces.
S32 447947.5" Essential Line Planter - Dark RedThe perfect colors for Valentine's Day. It's waterproof and comes fitted with a drainage plug to protect indoor surfaces.
S32 57267 5.25" Galaxy Ruby PotThe perfect colors for Valentine's Day. Innovative surface textures with a hand-made look give these pots a unique aesthetic.
S70 74978500 Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting MixThis is the time of year when when gardeners start planting their indoor seed varieties.
S98 37750609 Terrarium Glass ClochePotted plants, succulents, natural curios, or even sweet treats find their perfect home in this classic glass vessel. 6" H x 4.75" Dia.
S98 37760409Terrarium Glass ClochePotted plants, succulents, natural curios, or even sweet treats find their perfect home in this classic glass vessel. 7" H x 8.25" Dia.

Merchant’s Picks For October/November

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for October & November 2017.

Merchant Picks - October/November 2017

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
C01 CSV08501NLC&S Suet High Energy Value PackA great value. As the colder weather approaches, birds are eating suet for the energy it gives them as they forage for food. C&S Products high quality process allows suet to be fed year round.
D80 CRM047254G Southern Patio 12-Piece Greta Bird Bath AssortmentThese glazed, ceramic, decorative bird baths were a top seller in Arett's Open House Power Alley. Includes 3 colors, 4 each – red, blue, and teal.
E10 2568Eaton Poly Leaf ToteFor gathering leaves after clean up and keeping them all in one place. This square of woven polypropylene mesh with sewn poly corner handles makes the collection and hauling of leaves, trash and twigs a snap.
E10 2576Eaton Burlap PacPrepare to protect plants and trees from the winter weather. Medium weave burlap. Strong, yet lightweight. Also great for crafts and decorating for the upcoming holiday season.
N70 07000Wilt-Pruf Plant ProtectorSimply pick up a bottle, spray, and give shrubs, small trees and bushes a fighting chance in extreme temperatures. Chemically engineered to improve the amount of moisture plants retain when conditions are dry and inhospitable.
R09 B1009PReal Wood Products Half Whiskey Barrel PlanterOne of the top 5 best sellers in Arett's Open House Power Alley. Constructed of 100% solid whote oak. Now available packed 9/pallet.
S09 38615 Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food - 32-0-10 - 15M bagBuilds strong deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. Provides nutrients to help repair damage from summer heat, droughts, and activity.
T34 30480Tru-Tough Steel Leaf Rake With Wood HandleSteel lawn and leaf rake with a 54" lacquered ash wood handle. Now is the time to rake up fall leaves and clean up before the first winter snow.
W75 DO32RTUHavahart Deer-Off Deer, Rabbit And Squirrel Repellent Ready-To-UseProvides both odor and taste barriers to repel deer, rabbits, and squirrels. One application lasts up to 90 days. Dries oderless to humans.
W77 WDCMSWelliver Father Time Bluebird HouseNew item! A best seller at Arett's Open House. Blue bird house carved to look like Father Time. Makes a great gift for bird enthusiasts.