The Hibbertia plant is actually a naturally occurring plant in Madagascar, Australia, and several other warm climate zones. The Hibbertia plant is also known as snake vine or guinea flower and there are over one hundred and fifty species of the plant globally, most of which become coated with yellow blooms in spring and summer. The Hibbertia plants are suitable for gardeners in USDA plant hardiness zones ten and eleven, and may be used as annuals in zones eight and nine. Continue reading to learn how to grow a Hibbertia guinea plant.


Hibbertia Plant Info

The Guinea flower can grow as medium to large shrubs or as wide reaching, woody, stemmed vines. The plant also produces long stems that range out from the center of the plant in a scraggly manner. These stems don’t grow vertically, nor do they self adhere like ivy and other vines. The vine-like stems can get nearly eleven and half feet long. Shrub-like forms, such as Hibbertia empetrifolia, are evergreen and they are generally hardy and pest free. The guinea plant care is easy and maintenance is minimal provided the plant is grown in an appropriate climate.


How to Grow Hibbertia Flowers

The Hibbertia plant needs to be situated in a sunny or partially shady location. The Hibbertia plants in dimmer light have a more compact habit but will grow more slowly than those in full sun. There are actually few pests or problems with the Hibbertia plant. The Hibbertia plant is tolerant of short periods of drought and will usually survive a light frost. You can also bring Hibbertia guinea plant indoors to overwinter. You can pot them up in sandy potting mix in a container that drains very well.   


How to Grow Hibbertia Flowers from Cuttings

The Hibbertia plants are easy to propagate. You can take cuttings in early spring before flowering and when the Hibbertia plant is pushing new growth. Push the cut end of a four inch stem into a soilless mixture, such as peat or sand. Make sure you keep the cutting moderately moist in indirect light. Once it has rooted, you can easily repot the new Hibbertia plants into a good garden or potting soil. Growing Hibbertia guinea plant from seed is difficult and unreliable. Cuttings are actually an easy and quick way to produce new Hibbertia guinea plants for your home or garden.  


Hibbertia Plant Care

The Hibbertia plants that are growing outside will need supplemental water in a very dry hot period of summer. The guinea plants in the garden are actually fertilized once a year in spring with a balanced fertilizer. A once a month feed with diluted liquid plant food encourages best growth in potted environments. You can feed from March until August, and then suspend feeding during the colder months. The Hibbertia plants benefit from pruning in late winter. Cutting back to growth nodes closer to the center of the Hibbertia plant will help force bushier, and more compact growth. Make sure you avoid tip pruning, which will actually make the Hibbertia plant rangier. 

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