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Hibiscus is a member of the Hibiscus family. Its botanical name is Hibiscus.

Hibiscus has alternate, simple shaped leaves, with pointed tips and some indentations on the edge towards the tip. The have a rough slightly sticky texture. The plant is a small shrub indoors with pink-brown slender stems.
It is grown for its showy flowers that have slightly reflex petals in stunning colours and ostentatious stamens
This plant is toxic to pets. 1

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Scarlet and   Crimson glory and   Red. When mature, blooms are roughly 10.0 cm (that's 3.9 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a reflex form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves usually appear in   Kelly green and   Ao green

Hibiscus is a flowering non-edible ornamental / flower annual/perennial, it will last at least a year and up to several years in its native climate.

Hibiscus normally grows to a shrubby habit with a max height of 3.25 feet (that's 1.00 metres metric). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

China is believed to be where Hibiscus originates from.

Hibiscus is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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

How to grow Hibiscus

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

To increase hibiscus it is easier to take cuttings from semi ripe wood, just below the leaf node. These can be rooted in water or in gritty compost, it may take several weeks to grow roots.
Hibiscus needs good light (but not bright sun) and must not get cold in the winter, as this could cause the leaves to yellow and fall. An east facing window could fulful its requirements, as long as it was moved from the cold at night

Enjoys a partial sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Hibiscus is generally regarded as a tender plant, 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 Hibiscus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Hibiscus from seed

Scratch the surface of the seed and soak prior to planting for 24 hours in a warm place. Pot into free draing compost cover with a minimal laver of perlite or compost and place in a plastic bag. It requires bottom heat 75 to 80F and light. germination should be in 10 to 30 days

Transplanting Hibiscus

Some hibiscus are not hardy and are kept as house plants in cooler climates. Repot as the roots appear at the bottom of the pot. It is not always necessary to use a larger pot if space is limited, loosen some old compost and top up with fresh, potting compost back into the old pot

Hibiscus is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 13°C / 55°F.

Harvesting Hibiscus

The flowers do not last long and are best enjoyed on the plant

How long does Hibiscus take to grow?

These estimates for how long Hibiscus takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Hibiscus to germinate?
7 days

Average 7 days | Min 7 days | Max 7 days (1)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Hibiscus?
+ 98 days

Average 98 days | Min 98 days | Max 98 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until Hibiscus is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 66 days

Average 66 days | Min 36 days | Max 427 days (2)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Hibiscus?
= 171 days

Other names for Hibiscus

Hibiscus spp

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