Hibiscus

Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii.

It is a hardy deciduous flowering shrub that flowers in a variety of colours that appear in July to October.

It is suitable for borders, hedges and growing in containers.

Pruning as such is not required, straggly weak growth and general shaping of the plant/s can be done after flowering.



Cultivation

Week 18: Pot on cuttings taken the previous year into 100mm (4”) and grow on in a coldframe until planting out time.

Week 27: Take 75-100mm (3”-4”) heel cuttings of half-ripe lateral, non-flowering shoots.

Root at a temperature of 16°C (60°F).

When rooted, pot the cuttings singly into 70mm (3”) pots of potting compost and over-winter in a cold frame.

Week 40: Plant out anytime from now until April, in a sheltered border in full sun, and in well-drained, fertile soil.





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