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Rose of China

English Name

Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis

Scientific Name

Description

Hibiscus is a hardy shrub that has large blooms, available in different colours in single or double forms. The flowers last for a day or two individually. Mostly it flowers in Spring and in Summer, but can flower at other times of the year. Normally it prefers a rest in Winter.

Greece

Origin

Malvaceae

Family

55°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

70°F - 75°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

30 days - 2 months

Germination Period

Maximum: 6'1"

Height (feet/inches)

3' - 6'1"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Hardy Perennial

Life Cycle

Shrub & Flower

Types

Spring & Summer

Seasons

Colors

Watering

Water 2-3 times a week in Summer and in Winter, water only when top of compost is dry. Plant must not stand in water.

Feeding

Feed every 2-3 weeks in Spring and Summer with flowering plant fertilizer.

Repotting

Re-pot with house-plant potting compost in Spring when necessary. Old plants in large pots should have some of the old compost scraped away and replaced with rich soil-based compost.

Germination

Sow seeds in seed and cutting compost in Spring, not all seeds show at once. Transplant each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle and don't discard the container until well over the time suggested.

Propagation

Propagate by taking fairly soft stem cutting in Spring or sow seeds.

Cultivation

Hibiscus prefers warmth and good light. In early Spring a light trim can help to shape the plant. Pinch back shoots when they are 6 inches long to encourage bushiness. Keep compost moist in Summer but drier in winter.

Tips

Cut stems down by half in Spring with sharp scissors. Cut at an angle just above a leaf or side shoot. If sap runs, smear ends with petroleum jelly to seal the wound.

Care

Give plenty of light to Hibiscus. Dead flowers should be removed to prevent them falling on the leaves and causing them to rot. Full sun will do no harm to Hibiscus if the soil is not allowed to dry out.

Decorate

On a sunny windowsill or in a standing pot.

Humidity

Spray daily with soft tepid water in Spring and Summer and weekly in Winter.

Soil

Well drained soil.



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