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Agua de Jaimaca, a drink made from the flowers of the Hibiscus sabdariffa, sugar, and water, is popular in Mexico, and tastes similar to cranberry juice. A Hibiscus flower worn behind one ear or the other traditionally shows the marital status of Hawaiian women. Over the left ear, and thus over the heart, means your heart is taken. Over the right ear means that you are available.
The biggest bloomer of all the Hibiscus, watch for H. moscheutos to put forth enormous 12" dinner plate size blooms. The plants themselves are fairly tame in size, topping out at about 6'-8' high and a narrow 3' wide. This particular Hibiscus will die back to the ground each year, regardless of what climate it is raised in. Fertilize fairly frequently during the season to get the biggest 'bloom' for your buck! 'Luna Rose' is a large pink colored bloom that graces the plant from late summer through early fall.
|Light:||Partial Shade to Full Sun|
|Height:||6 feet to 8 feet|
|Width:||2 feet to 3 feet|
|Zones:||5a to 10b|
|Bloom Color:||Pink, Red, White|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer|
|Special Features:||North American native|
|Shape:||Upright or erect|
|Fertilizer:||High-Phosphate Fertilizer, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food, Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food|
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If dividing a perennial Hibiscus, do so in the spring. If you are growing from cuttings, take 5-6" of new growth and remove the lower leaves. Stick into a mixture of sand and peat at a 3 to 1 ratio. Once cuttings have formed roots, you can transplant.
If planting seeds, soak them in warm water for an hour before planting. Either start indoors 12 weeks before the last frost, or outdoors after the frost has past. You can also sow seeds directly in the fall, as soon as the seed casing has begun to split.
They do best in full sun, but react poorly to drought and frost.
The large, well-known flowers bloom in late spring to fall in colors such as, red, white, pink, yellow, and orange. Each bloom will last only a day or so. To promote continued blooming, remove faded flowers before they form seeds.
Hibiscus plants require a rich, organic loam soil that is acidic and needs to be kept moist. These plants also require regular irrigation.
When actively growing, fertilize Hibiscus with half-strength all-purpose fertilizer. Every other month fertilize with a high-phosphate fertilizer.
In the early spring, or after flowering prune the Hibiscus plant for shape. Many Hibiscus will tolerate a hard pruning.
Hibiscus plants are susceptible to giant whiteflies and should be controlled by using Neem oil.