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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Chinese hibiscus

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Key information

Flower colour

Red, Mixed

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

The Chinese hibiscus is a tropical shrub that needs to be kept in a conservatory pot or bed, and grown in bright, filtered light. The flowers range from crimson to yellow, orange or white, but the fact that they are short-lived isn't a problem. New ones keep appearing, giving a long flowering season, and they are nicely set off by the shiny, dark green leaves. If the buds fall, the roots are too dry, or the plant needs a regular, weak feed or the temperature has suddenly dropped. If kept at 13C, it should keep flowering all year.

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Species: rosa-sinensis

Flower colour: Red, Mixed

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to take cuttings: May to May

Time to prune: May to May


Reader reviews

rocky

can you advise i planted hibiscus jist over 2 yrs ago last year there were buds but no flowers this year they seem to be struggling to grow no buds at all this year



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