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Red-leaf hibiscus    

Hibiscus acetosella

Belonging to the Hibiscus genus, Red-leaf hibiscus has a botanical name of Hibiscus acetosella.

Red-leaf hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) is a lovely deep red foliage plant with showy maple-like leaves. Grows quickly – great for adding depth to border plantings

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Bright maroon and   Barn red. The mature flowers are of a funnel form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Burgundy colour. A type of flowering edible ornamental / flower, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Red-leaf hibiscus is known for its bushy habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.04 metres (9.88 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early autumn.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Red-leaf hibiscus is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Red-leaf hibiscus have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red-leaf hibiscus

  • Full Sun

  • Low

To promote bushing(and more flowers)trim tops of limbs 2-3 times during growing season. Will reach 10"+ if not trimmed but will get leggy and break easily. Will tolerate heat and drought. Prefer full sun but will grow in shade-leaf color will change to green with purple veins in the shade,

Red-Leaf Hibiscus should be cut to the ground before Winter.

Red-leaf hibiscus likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Red-leaf hibiscus is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Red-leaf hibiscus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Red-leaf hibiscus from seed

May start in pots or directly in the garden. Soaking overnight in water will speed germination

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 5.94 inches (15.24 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.51 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 22°C / 72°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Red-leaf hibiscus

Plant out when seedlings are large enough to handle. They are very easy to transplant.

As Red-leaf hibiscus is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Red-leaf hibiscus problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Red-leaf hibiscus plants:

Red-leaf hibiscus Etymology

From the Latin Acetosella meaning sour or bitter, vinegar like.1

Other names for Red-leaf hibiscus

African rose mallow, False roselle

Hibiscus acetosella Welw. ex Hiern.

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