Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hibiscus a Late Season Bloomer

A few years ago my brother gave me a Hibiscus rose of Sharon When he gave me the plant it had a few blooms and many buds. I was delighted to have the pretty pink flowering shrub but was worried because he had given to me on the first day of July. It was past the time that I plant, the days were long and hot and certainly not a time to be planting a hibiscus, or so I thought.

I thought chose a sunny garden area that had six hours of morning sun, partial shade in the heat of the day and three hours of late afternoon sun. I was hoping this would agree to the hibiscus because my yard is primarily shaded. I planted with amended soil and a root stimulator. Then I set up a soaking hose on a timer to water the hibiscus in the morning and mid-afternoon. The soil did not dry out and the sun did not burn the leaves. On the first year, the This rose of Sharon bloomed all summer and well into the fall. On the second year, my hibiscus bloomed mid-July through the warm months in fall.
Hibiscus is a wonderful addition to any garden because the large exotic flowers will continue to bloom when other flowers have ceased. the hibiscus will be put on a flower show for you to enjoy.

A mature hibiscus will grow upright to six feet with a similar spread. You can grow the hibiscus as a feature plant or plant a few to create a flowering privacy hedge. Shop for the hibiscus rose of Sharon in a variety of flower colors, you can choose from white, pink, lavender, and a gorgeous red. There are also hybrid colors which are a mixture of two colors.

Known pets: armadillos will dig up your newly planted hibiscus and groundhogs will eat the entire plant. Deer will eat the flowers. Other pests include whiteflies, aphid, spider mite, mealybugs, inchworms and grasshopper