Fringed Hibiscus grows as a narrow, woody, evergreen shrub to 6-9’ tall on upright-arching stems clad with ovate, serrate, dark green leaves (to 5” long). Lantern-like flowers (to 3” across) bloom seasonally on long pedicels. Each flower features recurved, fringed, pink to red petals and a long slender pendent staminal column.
Hibiscus schizopetalus, commonly called 'Japanese lantern '. Although it is not native to Japan, its flowers droop from the branching in a manner reminiscent of Japanese lanterns, hence the common name.
Hibiscus is heat tolerant and prefers neutral to acidic, well-drained soil and full sun.
Being a fast growing plant, hibiscus prefer well drained rich soil and regular watering. Thoroughly water to moisten the entire root-ball each time you water. Allow the soil to become slightly dry between watering approximately to a depth of between 1/2" deep for small containers to 1" deep for large containers. Never keep the soil soggy. Avoid using a saucer or empty any excess water from it 30-40 minutes after watering.
Ideal for container plant or mixed border. Hibiscus plants are almost constantly visited by a variety of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Hibiscus plants love warm and humid conditions. Give the plant at least 6 hours of sunlight to see the lovely tropical blooms on it. They like to be a little root bound in a container, hence choose a container with only a little bit of room. Hibiscus in blooming stage needs daily watering.
Make sure your pot contains a drainage hole in it. In winters, cut down on the watering as too much water can kill it too. Only water it in winter when the soil gets dry.
Fertilise it in summers during the blooming period, once a week or once in 2 week.
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