The Q&A Archives: outdoor hibiscus in Minnesota

Question: I'd like more information on hibiscus which I was told are perennial in Minnesota. I bought two plants and seeds. I was told one plant would be a deep pink and the other a pale pink. So far, everything is growing well, but I'd like more information. Thanks.

Answer: Hibiscus syriacus, or Rose of Sharon, is a perennial plant in your gardening region. The plant grows in sun or partial shade and in any soil. Rose-of-Sharon grows 8 to 10 feet tall and spreads 4 to 10 feet. The growth rate ranges from slow to moderate, and transplanting is easy. Although tolerant of poor soils and drought in sun
or light shade, this upright, deciduous shrub requires ample moisture to flower its best and to avoid leafdrop. Some protection from mid-day or afternoon sun
is beneficial for optimum plant appearance. Since plants bloom on new growth, shaping or pruning can be done at any time with the heaviest pruning done in the spring after new growth begins and then periodically during the summer months to encourage new flowers. Enjoy your hibiscus!

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