I just purchased this hibiscus this spring from an nursery online. It arrived bare-root, as I expected but I didn’t expect the bush to be cut back to basically a stub with a few 2-3” stems coming off the 2-3” stub. Other then that the root system looked very healthy so I potted it up. It took a while but it started to grow then took off for a bit and then slowed down so I decided to plant it in the ground at this point. Plus, I finally finished the area where I wanted to plant it. I planted it and it’s healthy but I haven’t noticed any new growth or any change in the plant. I live in Boston, zone 6. I know that I planted it in mid-simmer which isn’t the best but I wanted to get it in the ground. Will it flower this year? Also next spring, should I cut it as far back as I received it from the nursery? I have another hibiscus that you don’t cut back to the ground. It’s branches stay over the winter. You can trim for appearances. I have read that this dies back to the ground, so if it dies back to the ground then wouldn’t there be nothing to cut.., I have read to trim to the ground in the spring. I’m just curious what other people growing this hibiscus experienced and what they do for care. Any advice would be appreciated.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Huge 7-8”, ruffled, lavender pink flowers with a cherry red eye are produced all over the densely compact, shrub-like clump of attractive midnight green foliage.Best SellerLong BloomingFall InterestBog PlantAttracts:BeesHummingbirdsResists:DeerNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:TallGarden Height:40 - 48 InchesSpacing:54 - 60 InchesSpread:54 - 60 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:Lavender PinkFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Midnight GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Poor SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Great in landscapes.Maintenance Notes:
Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant, but is not necessary for continued bloom. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. Do not trim back in fall. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back. Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Be patient, even if you think it is dead, it most likely isn't. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.Summerific® 'Berry Awesome' Hibiscus hybrid USPP 27,936, Can 5,647
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Michelle, Massachusetts, United States, 4 min ago
This is the second summer I have grown this plant. I am excited because it looks to be full size this year and I expect an impressive display. Zone 9b, easy to grow. The neighbors come for pictures and the joggers turn their heads. I bought two more PW the first of May, different colors. My husband says there is a lot of variety in our front street garden. I like to think I am a collector/hoarder. Hardy hibiscus look exotic and most of it's adoring public have never seen one. I like that it dies to the ground in winter and is late to emerge. It give me space and time to have cool weather annuals. It's fighting it out will Supertunia Black Cherry.Peggie Who, California, United States, 5 weeks ago
This is beautiful!! Unfortunately it never came back this spring. I’ll order a couple next time and hopefully get something to make it. I think it’s my new favorite flower!Katie Sommers, Ohio, United States, 9 weeks ago
My all time favorite. This plant does well in very moist dirt. What I am wondering..how can I get a cutting from my plant ..is this possible?Dana Meadows, Georgia, United States, 1 year ago
I got this plant last year at an end of the year sale at Loews for $5.00 and grabbed it. It barely had any leaves and looked kind of sad but I thought with some TLC before winter and a good layer of shredded leaf mulch it would survive. Plus I live in Zone 5 Upstate New York and Lake Ontario gives us plenty of Lake Effect snow in winter and so between the leaf mulch and snow cover I had a lot of hope. I was so excited this Spring when I saw the new growth coming from the ground! The garden I planted it in is a moist/wet area of my yard and with the abundance of rain our area has had this summer it has been a happy plant. Right now it is loaded with buds and the flowers are starting to open. The color of the flowers in combination with the dark blackish green maple leaves is a beautiful combination. I also like that it won't get so big as some hibiscus get. Now I want another one!!! I am glad we found each other!Cheryl Dexter, New York, United States, 2 years ago