Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a variety of pink, bright blooms, and silvery green leaves. The plant grows in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10. The blooms can be quite large, measuring 6 to 12 inches across, and are sometimes called “dinner plate” flowers. There are different varieties such as “Disco Belle Pink” which grows 2 to 3 feet in height, and “Anne Arundel” and “Lady Baltimore” both of which grow 5 to 7 feet. All varieties grow 2 to 4 feet in width. The blooms are usually flat, have a tissue paper feel, and come in pink, white, or red.
The heart-shaped leaves of the Pink Hibiscus tender, lush, and dark green with soft hairy undersides
Blooms last only one day but are abundant from mid-summer through the first frost. The flowers turn mushy the second day; removing the dead blooms (deadheading) every few days will keep the plant looking it’s best. This beautiful perennial is native to the eastern and southern US. It grows naturally in moist areas, such as swamps, creek beds, and lake shores. It needs moisture-retentive rich soil, full sun, and good air circulation to prevent disease and provide optimal blooming conditions. Plant 24 inches apart and in groups of at least three to achieve a dramatic effect in your garden giving it a tropical look. Due to rapid growth in the spring, staking may be required. Prune back to 24 inches in early spring for bushier plants. If height is not an issue, you can prune back to 24 inches in fall once blooming ends. Avoid pruning in late fall or early winter. Hibiscus moscheutos is a winter hardy plant. Before cold weather, protect the root bulb with a layer of mulch. In colder areas lift the root ball and store in a frost-free cellar.
The Pink Hibiscus will look lovely added to a flower garden and also just randomly planted around a home. These shrubs are beautiful and will have massive pink blooms that will appear during the summer and will even bring lots of bright color to an area. It will also give regions a great tropical feel and look as they are growing.
This shrub can grow to be around 4 to 10 feet tall and will also be approximately 3 to 5 feet wide. It will even do great at attracting butterflies and those gorgeous little hummingbirds as they feast on the nectar of the large flowers that it will display. These shrubs will do great in full sunlight and will also like various soil conditions.
Pink Hibiscus shrub is an erect, deciduous shrub that produces colorful, cup-shaped flowers.
As I said earlier, they bloom late in the summer into the fall while few others are still blooming. They come in different colors depending on the variety of Pink Hibiscus being one of the favored colors. If you are looking for something to plant in an urban garden, this is an excellent choice they seem to be very tolerant of pollution. Some of the unique features of the Althea is the fact that they are easy to care for and low maintenance. It is best to select a site that has full sun to light shade, with moist soil that is well drained. This shrub can be planted in the fall or the spring. If planting in a row, they should be spaced 6 to 10 feet apart, depending on the maturity of the plant.
This shrub needs very little care but here are a few tips; put a layer of compost under the bushes and add mulch to hold in moisture and keep the weeds to a minimum. Pruning is a must; always trim the dead or dying branches this can be done any time of the year.
Pink Hibiscus Ships as Bare Root