With so many beautiful hibiscus flowers it can be hard to pick a favorite. However, for this year, our newest addition, the Fiesta Hibiscus — Hibiscus rosa-sinensis — has first place.
Can Hibiscus Grow Indoors?
Yes! Not only can hibiscus grow indoors, they can even bloom indoors! It’s November as of this update and ours is blooming indoors with lots of buds on the bush, so more to come.
For Best Results Growing Hibiscus Indoors:
- Best in sunny location or under grow lights
- Keep well watered and soil moist; if leaves start to curl, it’s too dry
- Helpful to place humidifier under bush to keep from drying out in dry heated environment
- No fertilizer October-February to allow slower growth and a “rest”, though she’ll likely still bloom
- Repot every 2-3 years; you’ll have more blossoms if left to
The Fiesta Hibiscus, also called the Hawaiian Sunset Hibiscus is indeed reminiscent of a glorious sunrise or sunset. The blossoms are not only breathtakingly beautiful, they’re fascinating to observe how the colors change throughout the day.
Much like the way a sunrise progresses, the Fiesta Hibiscus colors change from an incredible, deep and vivid burgundy, maroon, orange and yellow to lighter almost pastel versions of their earlier selves.
Add Pizazz to the Garden
Right in the middle of the garden, we placed in a planter this knock-down gorgeous Fiesta Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Fiesta’).
Now, practically everyday, we walk by and admire a fresh bloom. So grateful and amazed at such beauty by way of human horticulturalists collaborating with nature. We’re imagining the flower fairies and gnomes having fun painting these to life.
The ‘Fiesta’ hibiscus is a tropical shrub way too tender for our Zone 7A winters. So, in the fall it can come inside and rest a spell until spring. Those living in Zones 10-12, can plant them in the yard and enjoy them year-round. Hibiscus flowers also make for a lovely tea.
Fiesta Hibiscus Growth
- Zone: 10, 11 – tropical
- Can grow indoors in pots in colder zones
- Temperatures: Bring indoors under 50℉/10℃
- Height: 8′
- Width: 6′
- Sun: Full
- Water: Keep well watered and moist soil
- Plant Type: Evergreen shrub
- Blooms: Nearly year round in tropical climates
- Fertilizer: 7-1-2 or 12-4-8
- Landscapes: good for foundations, fences, hedges, edible landscape
- Teas and culinary specialties
Hibiscus Benefits & Beauty!
- Protects pancreashttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30120944/
- Anti-diabetic aidshttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26590603/
- Anti-cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198834/
- Liver detox https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26819562/
Edible Hibiscus Flowers – Great for Tea
There are many edible flowers with culinary, medicinal and healing benefits. However, I always feel bad depriving the flowers of their time to just be its beautiful flower self. That’s especially the case with flowers that only bloom for one day such as hibiscus and day lilies.
As you may know, most hibiscus flowers last only one day. Open in the morning and closed by night, their glory spent all in one day. So while it’s best to harvest the Fiesta Hibiscus before noon for peak freshness and fullness, we like to leave them to their one day to shine in the sun as much as possible, especially since we only have a few bushes. Overall, it seems to work out to harvest them mid afternoon for the best of both worlds.
Hibiscus Flower Parts Used for Tea
You can use all parts of the hibiscus flowers for tea of the (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), (H. sabdariffa), (H. acetosella) varieties.https://www.therightflowers.com/are-hibiscus-flowers-edible-good-enough-to-eat-and-drink/
Depending on the plant and the preferences of the person making it, the flower parts used for the tea can vary. When using the H. sabdariffa for tea, the blossoms are smaller and the calyx is larger than the Fiesta hibiscus, H. rosa-sinensis. So most people use the calyx for tea from the sabdariffa variety.https://youtu.be/vH1O2RKBrWo
Identifying which variety hibiscus you have will help you determine which parts of the hibiscus flower may work best for you. Or just experiment according to your inclinations and preferences as we have.
We like to make use of as may parts of each plant that we grow as possible. We harvest edible leaves of all of our fruits and vegetables, from blueberries to okra, sweet potatoes to broccoli and pea leaves.
So when it comes to hibiscus flower tea we prefer to use as much of the plant as possible. However, we haven’t been making it long enough, nor are we as yet growing enough hibiscus plants to be able to try making hibiscus tea in many different ways to see which particular combination has the best flavor results.
In the meantime, we figure that each part of the plant imparts different essence and nutrients to the brew so we make use of it all. We’d love to hear from you how you prefer your hibiscus tea.
Fresh Hibiscus Tea Recipe
Best Hibiscus Varieties for Tea
- Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
- H. sabdariffa – most popular due to the large and flavorful mature post-blossom calyx
- H. acetosella
- 4 cups of water – brought to a boil
- 2 cups Fresh hibiscus flowers (approx. 8 flowers, or substitute with 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers)
- Sweetener (if using), such as one of these:
- stevia leaves
- 1.5 Tbsp. Maple syrup (ratio is approx. 1 tsp. maple syrup per 1 cup tea
- If using fresh blossom, harvest 8 fully open and fresh hibiscus flowers
- We like to first place flowers into a bowl of cool water and swish around, to be sure blossoms are free of bugs
- Place blossom in a colander to drain
- Bring water to boil, while tearing petals gently from the stem
- Add flowers and boiled water, removing from heat immediately.
- Cover to steep for ~15 minutes
- Also add other optional ingredients at this point, (except sweeteners unless using fresh stevia leaves)
- If adding sweetener, remove herbs after steeping, then add sweetener
- Most hibiscus flowers last only one day so best to harvest before evening to pick while still fully open.
- For maximum freshness and flavor, harvest in the morning.
- For stronger flavor use more flowers, and less for a milder brew
- Steeping too long may cause bitter flavor
- Sweeteners – for health and medicinal teas we don’t usually add sweeteners, but when we do, such as a fruity summer tea concoction, we add ~ 1/4-1/3 cup maple syrup to the warm tea after removing the herbs so that no sweetener is lost in the pulp, unless of course you’re using stevia leaves, then add it along with your other herbs.
Optional Additional Ingredients for a Variety of Herbal Tea Blends:
Have fun trying different combinations based on your preferences and what’s on hand.
- Cinnamon sticks
- Other herbs and plants, such as:
- rose petals
- blackberry, raspberry or blueberry leaves
- Dried fruits, such as:
- lemon zest
- Juice – we enjoy making herbal iced tea blends in summer that include a splash of unsweetened 100% organic juices such as:
- lemon juice
- elderberry concentrate
- cranberry juice
- watermelon juice
The ratio of dried to fresh hibiscus flowers for herbal flower tea is 1/2 cup dried hibiscus petals to 2 cups fresh hibiscus flowers (~8), calyx and sepia.
The Gorgeous Fiesta Hibiscus
AKA Hawaiian Sunset Fiesta Hibiscus
I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always kept plants, been interested in medicinal herbs and nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. I assist in our family gardening projects primarily (at present) through the sharing of information through our websites and newsletters.
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