Pink Hibiscus - Hibiscus Moscheutos
Pink hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a variety of pink variegated blooms and silvery green leaves. The plant grows in U.S.D.A. hardiness zones 5 to 10. The colors can be prominent, 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 are 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 flowers (deadheading) every few days will keep the plant looking its best.
Pink Hibiscus Is a Beautiful Tree That Is Native To The Eastern and Southern US.
Pink Hibiscus grows naturally in moist areas like 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 the height is not an issue, you can prune back to 24 inches in the fall once blooming ends. Avoid pruning in late fall or early winter.
Pink 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 it in a frost-free cellar.