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Description for Hibiscus (Purple)
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow.
Hibiscus plants prefer a cozy fit when growing in a container. This means that they should be slightly root bound in the pot and when you do decide to re-pot, give the hibiscus only a little bit more room.
The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. Flowers may be up to 6 inches diameter, with colors ranging from yellow to peach to red. Hibiscus can be planted singly or grown as a hedge plant; they can also be pruned into a single-stemmed small tree. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Hibiscus are deciduous shrubs with dark green leaves; the plants can grow to 15 feet tall in frost-free areas. Flowers may be up to 6 inches diameter. Hibiscus can be planted singly or grown as a hedge plant; they can also be pruned into a single-stemmed small tree.
Planting and care
Plant in spring, summer, or fall, spacing plants 3 to 6 feet apart. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don t amend it at all.
Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
It is important to retain from watering with cold water in winter.
Hibiscus also need trace elements, especially iron and magnesium.
Caring for Hibiscus
- Many people who are growing a hibiscus plant choose to do so in a container.
- This allows them to move the hibiscus plant to ideal locations, depending on the time of year.
- Hibiscus plants prefer a cozy fit when growing in a container.
- Pruning will keep your plants looking healthy and stimulate blooms. Prune once per season, in the fall, although pruning can be done successfully in the spring if necessary.
- This means that they should be slightly root bound in the pot and when you do decide to re-pot, give the hibiscus only a little bit more room.
- Always make sure that your growing hibiscus plant has excellent drainage
July to December
Typical uses of Hibiscus
Special features: Flowers
Culinary use: Chinese eat this flower by making pickle. Jamaicans use this flower in herbal tea as it contains many minerals and vitamins Dried hibiscus is edible, and it is often a delicacy in Mexico. It can also be candied and used as a garnish.
Ornamental use: This plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Used in many pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical preparations.
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