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Hibiscus / Various Colors (Excluding Red Hot)
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Hibiscus / Various Colors (Excluding Red Hot)

Latin Name:

Hibiscus rosa sinensis ‘Sunshower’

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Heavy-textured flowers with petals red at the tips and for most of length, interrupted by an uneven creamy white section near the tips and a white splotch in the center.

Origin:

Man Made Hybrid

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

FJ

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks, except during the fall, with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids and scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings in the spring. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and prune in the fall. If possible put outside for the summer in full sun. Repot in the winter or early spring.

Is Genus:

No

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