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Hibiscus rosa sinensis “Hibiscus”

Use: Hibiscus is a medium sized shrub that can be used as a foundation hedge, or accent in the landscape. When healthy, it blooms all year round.

Characteristics: Hibiscus is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 8 feet in height. It can grow in partial shade but prefers full sun.

Trimming: Do not “hedge” or trim hibiscus on a monthly basis or the shrub will not bloom. The heaviest trimming should occur in the spring with a light prune in late summer. Remove any weak, diseased, or dead growth, as well as crossing, or leggy branches. Branches that are growing toward the center of the plant should also be removed.

Fertilization/Pests: Hibiscus are heavy feeders. Fertilize in March, June, and October of each year. If plants begin to appear washed out, add additional fertilizer at that time. Hibiscus are susceptible to Mealy bugs, Caterpillars, Scale, Spider Mites, Snails, Aphids, and Whitefly. Regular pesticide treatments will be necessary to maintain healthy plants.

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