Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is a popular ornamental plant. With its large, colourful flowers, it will give your patio or balcony a tropical touch. Originating from Asia, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is also known as the “China Rose” or “One-Day Rose”. While the original species has brilliant red flowers, there are now 300 different cultivars in colours ranging from white and yellow to pink and orange. The single or double flowers contrast beautifully with the dark green leaves. The Hibiscus became part of our culture in the 17th century when plants were brought back from tropical and subtropical regions. They can still be found in such regions all over the world. Did you know that Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia? The red of the petals symbolises the courage, life and rapid growth of the Malaysians. The five petals of the Hibiscus symbolise the five ‘National Principles’ of Malaysia. The flower appears on the banknotes and coins of Malaysia.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
The Hibiscus needs a lot of sunlight and therefore it will do very well in a very sunny spot. Have you found a good spot for your plant? If so, position the pot and leave it there as the Hibiscus doesn’t like to be moved.
Caring for your Hibiscus
Water your Hibiscus regularly and keep the potting soil nice and moist. On a warm day, watering your plant in the morning and in the evening won’t do it any harm. You should also fertilise your plant regularly. Twice a month is sufficient. Please note that cold, draughts and too much water can cause the buds to drop off. ‘Pinch’ off the faded flowers to encourage your plant to produce new flowers. Hibiscus flowers only last for approximately 1 day before fading. It is a good idea to remove all the old flowers on a daily basis. This may be quite a task but you will end up with a beautiful exotic plant!