Hibiscus Farming In Kenya

This article focuses on hibiscus farming in Kenya. Hibiscus is a flowering plant that belongs to the Mallow family, Malvaceae. It is mainly grown in Kenya in the tropics for its flowers which can be used for various purposes.

Benefits of Hibiscus

  • Hibiscus leaves and seeds can be used to manufacture animal feeds.
  • Dried hibiscus flowers can be used to make tea.
  • Can be used in making cosmetics and herbal medicine.
  • Hibiscus aids in maintaining fluid balance in the body.
  • Boosts body immunity.
  • Prevents hair fall and can be used to treat dandruff.

Ecological Conditions for Growing Hibiscus

  • Sandy loam soils with a pH of 5.5- 6.5. The soil should be rich in organic matter.
  • Abundant sunshine.
  • Slightly acidic soils.
  • Constant moisture presence.


Hibiscus can be propagated through seeds or stem cuttings. If propagation is by seeds, the seeds should be soaked in water overnight before planting.

For stem cutting, cut the stem of the parent plant above 5-6 inches. The cuttings take about 8 to 10 weeks to develop roots. The cuttings can be planted in pots or containers depending on your choice.

Farm Practices


Hibiscus is a tropical plant that requires constant moisture. Irrigation is therefore highly encouraged, especially during hot and dry seasons and also depending on the soil type.

Fertiliser Application

Hibiscus plants require a lot of nutrients for good blooming of flowers. For this case, fertilisers rich in potassium should be applied as early as possible.


Pruning should be done to stimulate the growth of new shoots and buds. This is done by simply removing the weak branches and those growing sideways.

Pests and Diseases Management

Common pests that attack hibiscus plants include mealy bugs, spider mites and aphids. Diseases include stem and root rot.

The pests and diseases can be managed by practising proper field hygiene/ farm practices or using recommended insecticides and pesticides as experts may advise.


Harvesting depends on the variety of hibiscus grown. Averagely, the hibiscus plant takes 2-3 years to attain a mature height.

Market for Hibiscus in Kenya

As mentioned earlier, hibiscus plants are mainly grown for flowers. The flowers can be used to make products such as cosmetics, herbal medicine, beverages… etc.

Hibiscus flowers can be sold in local markets or supplied to cosmetic companies, ayurvedic companies or herbal medicine manufacturers.

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