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Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Common Name(s): Chinese Hibiscus; rose of china;hawaiian hibuscus
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
Hibiscus flourish in warm areas, but can be grown in most regions, except where there is severe frost. They should be protected where light frost occurs. To promote flowering and maintain bushy growth, they can be pruned lightly in spring, once the danger of frost is over. Feed with fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in spring, midsummer and autumn. Hibiscus are ideal for large pots or tubs.
Botanical Pronunciation: hi-BIS-kus roZA-si-nen-sis
Semi Frost Hardy
This plant has solitary flowers, usually red to dark red in Summer to Winter.
This plant bears oval-shaped, serrated, glossy, deep green foliage.
This plant needs to be protected where light frost occurs.To promote flowering and maintain bushy growth, they can be pruned lightly in spring, once the danger of frost is over. Feed with fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in spring, midsummer and autumn.
Planting: Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water regularly during dry weather. Feed in spring, midsummer and again in autumn with fertiliser for flowering plants.
Pruning: Prune lightly in spring, once the danger of frost is over, for better flowering and to maintain bushy growth. The standard form should be cut back in midsummer, to maintain its shape.
The prolific ‘Canary Island’ (apple blossom), one of the most popular hibiscus, has pale pink single flowers with a cerise-pink eye. ‘Ross Estey’ has large flowers that open orange before turning to salmon-pink.
2 m * 2 m
Uses in landscape design
Ideal for large pots or tubs. It makes a lovely informal hedge or screening plant.