Common hibiscus: Hibiscus syriacus

This deciduous hibiscus, a member of the Malvaceae family, is native to China and Japan. But it is also very common in the Mediterranean. Even when grown in a container, this bushy, erect shrub can reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 6 in). The striking single, axillary flowers that come in a wide variety of colours appear in summer. Besides pink (‘Woodbridge’) and white (‘Red Heart’, white with a red centre), there are also red and purple varieties. They will flower prolifically if placed in a sunny, sheltered position and watered and fed regularly. The soil should be well-drained and rich in nutrients.

It is advisable to repot the plants every spring. When repotting, remove all the lateral shoots and cut back the main shoots by one third. In winter the plants should be moved to a sheltered position and the container protected against frost. Shoots damaged by frost can easily be removed. Softwood or heel cuttings taken in spring or summer root very easily.

18. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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