Planting small hibiscus in ground?
I just purchased 7 hibiscus from an out of st,ate nursery and received them by UPS yesterday. They are potted in 4" pots and look fantastic. Instructions that came with them say to repot in two weeks to 10" pots and not to plant in-ground for the first year.
I'm concerned about keeping them potted in my environment. I live in AZ and keeping potted plants is not my forte. I've done quite well with my single, big-box hibiscus that I planted in the ground 4 years ago. I'm very concerned that I would lose these little guys by lack of knowledge but mainly through the roots getting cooked in the summer.
They are much too tall to go on my seed shelf under lights indoors.
Do you think it's really that much better to keep them in a pot for a full year? Could I go to the larger pot for a month, then into the ground before our oven blast heat hits?
I'm planning to plant them around the pool, in partial shade. I will be able to protect them from cold and freeze.
Oh, I got three El Capitalos, one Hibiscus Schizopetalus and 3 large flowered hybrids. (Saffron, Party Girl and Aztec Giant)
Depending on how these do, I'd like to get about 7-8 more.