Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow
Deep Velvet Red blooms that are 6-8 inches wide -Dinner Plate Size. The petals are wide, rounded and overlapping that are neatley pleated with gentle ruffles on the edges. There hasn't been any Hibiscus on the market like these Honeymoons!. Compact plant with the height reaching 24-30 inches with a spread of 20-24 inches. You can grow this as a sunny boarder, plant in masses or use as a small hedge. The flower power will amaze you with the blooms starting when the weather starts to warm up until the chilly temperatures of fall arrive. Quick to grow. Remember that Hibiscus flowers only last for one day, do not be concerned when you see them fall off, there wil be plenty more. Zones 5-8.
Tips on How To Grow Hibiscus from Seed.
- Sow hibiscus seeds indoors 10-14 weeks before last spring frost date using a seed starting kit
- Soak seeds in room temperature water for about 8 hours to speed the germination process, and from having the seed rot in the pot.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
- Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
- Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
- Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
- Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
- Hibiscus may require staking to prevent them from falling over in the wind.
- Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
- Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
- To Sow Outdoor:
Can also be sown outdoors in spring after danger of frost is past. Soil temperature must be warm
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
Outdoors, seeds will germinate in 12-18 days