The Cosmic Dancer Hibiscus is a beautiful tropical plant with unique flowers in various colors. They are a perianal shrub that is native to Asia and tropical islands such as Hawaii.
Tall, elegant hibiscus plants with gorgeous blooms have been grown as prized ornamental garden plants for centuries. The modern gardener can still enjoy the challenge of growing these beautiful flowers in a relatively small space, and there are many cultivars available.
What is a cosmic dancer hibiscus?
Cosmic dancer hibiscus was bred for its unique flowers, which are orange, gold, lavender, and maroon in the middle. The plants have dark green foliage and are evergreen perennials. Cosmic dancer hibiscus plants grow well in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 12. They can be grown outdoors year-round in warmer areas such as California or Florida. These plants can be kept as houseplants or grown in a pot which can be moved into a greenhouse for overwintering in cooler areas.
Cosmic Dancer hibiscus are part of the Malvaceae family and are a popular choice for yards across the states. They generally grow between 4 and 6 feet tall.
How to care for a cosmic dancer hibiscus?
Cosmic dancer hibiscus plants need well-drained soil that is low in nutrients and rich in organic content. They grow best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade conditions as well. Hibiscus plant care includes applying mulch around the base of the plant and watering regularly during dry periods to keep roots moist.
The following care tips will help you grow healthy hibiscus plants that will reward you with fantastic blooms all summer long! One thing to remember is that most hibiscuses like to grow in areas that are hot and dry. They aren’t the best choice for shady areas or climates that tend toward dampness.
Like all varieties of hibiscus, the cosmic dancer is a sun-loving plant that needs between six and eight hours of sunlight a day to thrive. When you plant your hibiscus in the garden, choose a sunny area with good drainage. Hibiscuses that aren’t getting enough sunlight will produce fewer flowers, and the ones they do have may not open properly; also, leaves on an under-planted hibiscus may turn yellow.
Rich organic soil with good drainage is ideal for growing healthy hibiscuses. Use loose soil with a pH that’s neutral or slightly acidic and is between 6.1 and 7.5.
For container plants, it’s best to use a pot with a drainage hole and add plenty of organic matter to the soil before planting. You can also add a layer of stones or gravel to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.
Temperature and humidity
The cosmic dancer hibiscus thrives in warm temperatures between 85 and 60 F. Don’t leave your plant outdoors if frost is expected, and protect tropical plants from drafts. Humidity should be kept at around 50%.
Water hibiscus plants thoroughly until water runs out the bottom of the pot, wait for the top inch or so of soil to dry out before watering again. The cosmic dancer hibiscus is pretty drought tolerant, but this doesn’t mean your plant should be neglected. Most people find that their plant needs to be watered once a week and slightly more in the summer. Be careful not to overwater, or root rot could occur.
Add liquid fertilizer once a month year-round. It’s best to use organic fertilizer as this helps to reduce the chance of chemical burns. Commercial fertilizers can affect the plant’s roots, especially if you overfertilize.
Deadheading cosmic dancer hibiscuses won’t make them bloom more often, but it will keep them looking tidier and encourage better re-bloom later in the season. You can also trim some leaves and branches to improve the plant’s appearance.
The Cosmic Dancer hibiscus is a unique flowering shrub that has beautiful flowers that have many colors. They flower year-round and look stunning in tropical gardens or the home.