The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis 'Lipstick'

Question: On an impulse, I just purchased this plant because I remember my grandmother having (in the southern part of West Virginia) a bush/shrub about 4' tall and 3'-4' in diameter with large pink flowers that I think she said was a hibiscus. Can you tell me just what I have here and any tips on planting/care, etc.

Answer: Hibiscus are good performers, both in the garden and in bright areas inside the house. If they receive just a small amount of care they reward us with many magical blooms throughout the year. Here, in short, is what they need:
A warm place where their tropical origins are respected. It is often said that hibiscus like much the same conditions as people and with temperature, that is pretty much true. For best results and lots of blooms, hibiscus should be located where temperature remains between 60 and 90 degrees most of the time. Short periods of either hot or cold will not injure them though they may show their displeasure by shedding a few leaves or dropping some
developing flower buds.

Here's an excellent website that has wonderful pictures and additional information about the care and feeding of hibiscus:

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