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Tropical hibiscus 'Moondance'    

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

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Moondance is a popular variety of Tropical hibiscus, which belongs to the Hibiscus genus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Moondance'). Moondance is a hybrid variety. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Meat brown and   Banana yellow and   Brown. The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5.

Bred by Harry Goulding of Florida, USA. Parents Eye Shadow x Esther Denslow 1

This variety is an Flower that typically grows as an Evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Moondance normally grows with a shrub-like habit to a mature height of 1.82 metres (that's 5.92 feet imperial).

United States is believed to be where Moondance originates from.

Moondance Tropical hibiscus needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Moondance have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Moondance

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Tropical hibiscus are highly sensitive to phosphorus (the middle “P” number on fertilizers) and an excessive amount will kill the plant. Do not use so-called “bloom fertilizers” on them. Instead tropical hibiscus need a lot of potash to bloom properly (the last number or “K” on fertilizers). Palm fertilizers are widely available and usually have the proper ratio of a medium-low-high NPK ratio along with needed minors.

The pesticide malathion will defoliate tropical hibiscus. Do not use it for pest control.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Moondance 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. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Moondance are Zone 9 and Zone 12.

Growing Moondance from seed

Transplanting Moondance

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Moondance is a tender plant.

Harvesting Moondance

Other Names for Tropical hibiscus 'Moondance'

Moondance (Goulding)

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