Free Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Hybrids Plants

acalypha hispida plant
The magnificent flowers of the Hibiscus may last for only a day or so individually, but if conditions are right they will be produced in steady succession throughout the spring and summer. Great care must be taken to ensure that the plant is not subjected to sudden environmental changes such as drying out, over¬watering, or temperature fluctuation, as it will very rapidly shed the young flower buds. These quickly turn yellow and drop off, although if the shock is too great they may even be shed when still green. The plant may produce flowers out of season, but normally prefers a rest in winter, at a minimum temperature of 13°C (55°F), and with reduced watering.

Plant type : Flowering plant with erect, bushy habit
Season of interest : Mostly spring and summer, but can flower at other times of year
Size : 20-100cm (8—39in)
Flower : 7.5-12.5cm (3—5in) across, red, pink, salmon, orange, yellow or white, with pronounced stamens
Leaf : Pointed oval with serrated edge, 5-7,5cm (2—3in) long, dark green
Temperature : 15-21°C (59-70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with some sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5cm-10cm (3—4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21°C (70°F) from mid spring to late summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, red spider mite, whitefly, bud drop with low temperature or dryness
Availability : Commonly available in spring and summer
Uses indoors : Windowsill - provided it is moved just away from window overnight in early spring - or table very close to window
Other varieties : H. r-s. 'Cooperi' - variegated foliage