Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis                                     Family - Malvaceae

Hibiscus are large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colourful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long season.

Given sun, moisture, good drainage and a temperature which stays above 5 degrees the year round, hibiscus will reward the grower with blossoms almost continuously but most prolifically during the summer and fall months.

These brilliant plants add colour interest to the garden and are equally useful as cut flowers.

Flowering Season - Spring and Summer. Hibiscus flowers open daily and last for only one day, after which they die.

Care - Hibiscus require at least 1 inch of rain (or equivalent watering) each week. They like to be constantly moist, but not wet. Placing your Hibiscus tree in full sun will produce the most flowers and best growth.

Punning - Prune the branches of your hibiscus to maintain the desired shape. The only reason to prune Hibiscus is to enjoy more flowers and keep the plant in balance. Pruning will also help to stimulate more growth and more shoots.

 
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Problems - The pests on Hibiscus are the usual suspects – aphidsred spiders and mealybugs are about the worst that attack. Hibiscus is known to suffer from to root rot due to overwater, In the winter, water your hibiscus only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Read more at Gardening Know How: How To Care For Hibiscus Plants https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hibiscus/how-to-care-for-hibiscus-plants.htm

 

Culinary Use - The flowers of hibiscus steeped in boiling water produce a delicious and healthy tea which has a taste resembling cranberry juice. Hibiscus sabdariffa, a particular variety best known for its edibility can be used for cocktails.