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Hibiscus - Hardy (Rose Mallow)

Hibiscus - Hardy (Rose Mallow)
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Hibiscus moscheutos
Features A hardy perennial that is categorized as a deciduous woody shrub, but produces large blooms that are similar to tropical Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Begins blooming in mid-summer and will often continue producing flowers until frost. One hibiscus plant can produce hundreds of flowers, especially with deadheading to prolong the bloom period.
Exposure Full sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 5-10
Mature Size 18’ Tall, 3’ Wide
Genus Description Hibiscus is a genus of more than 200 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees, annuals, and herbaceous perennials, widely distributed in warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions, where they occur in a variety of habitats, including stream sides, moist woodland, and dry, rocky sites. They have alternate, entire or shallowly to palmately lobed, sometimes toothed leaves, and are grown for their showy, mainly funnel- shaped, solitary or clustered flowers, borne over a long period from spring to autumn. The flowers are red, pink, purple, blue, yellow, or white, and sometimes have contrasting marks at the bases of the petals, and prominent, colorful stamens. The moscheutos specie (also known as rose mallow, saucer hibiscus, or hardy hibiscus) is a strong-growing, woody-based perennial with erect stems. Produces broadly ovate to lance-shaped, unlobed or shallowly 3- to 5-lobed, toothed, mid-green leaves, 3-9in long, white-hairy beneath. Widely funnel-shaped flowers, to 8in across, with spreading petals, are white, pink, or crimson, sometimes with crimson petal bases, and borne singly from the leaf axils in summer.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soilless or soil-based potting mix in bright filtered light. Provide moderate humidity and good ventilation. In the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Hibiscus need long, hot summers to flower well. Many will regenerate from the woody base if cut back by cold. Little or no pruning is usually necessary. If pruning is necessary, remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain permanent, healthy framework. Prune in late winter or early spring, when dormant; some in late summer or early autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
Pests and Diseases Prone to rust, fungal leaf spots, bacterial blight, Verticillium wilt, viruses, and stem and root rots. Whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, mites, Japanese beetles, and caterpillars can be problems.

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