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Pink hibiscus has long taken the place of favorites among flower growers and summer residents. This is due to the ease of care, the beauty of flowering and low cost.
The plant can be wild or cultivated. In this article, we will take a closer look at its main types, you will see their photos.
You will also read about the peculiarities of caring for a plant, how to reproduce it. Find information about common diseases and pests that can affect the flower. Let's also see what flowers can look like pink hibiscus, read their description.
Description of species with photo
Below you can find a description of the most common types of pink hibiscus and see a photo (you can find out what other types and varieties of hibiscus plants are here).
The Sudanese rose, or Sabdariffa hibiscus (in Latin - Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a plant that reaches a height of up to two meters. Leaves are edible, therefore, this plant is grown not only for decorative purposes, but also for industrial purposes.
The flowers on this shrub are large enough, up to 25 cm in diameter, the leaves are oval.
In Latin it sounds like Hibiscus rosa-sinensis var. cooperi, got its name from the color variations of the flower that depend on the lighting. The flower itself consists of 5 petals with a contrasting center. Leaves are smooth, oval. This type of hibiscus is the most unpretentious and highly resistant to disease.
You can read more about the Cooper hibiscus variety in the separated material, and read about the nuances of growing Variegated hibiscus here.
Chinese rose, or Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is a shrub with oval leaves up to 15 centimeters. Single flowers are arranged on long legs... The life span of one flower is several days, but with proper care, they are formed almost all year round.
Pink hibiscus is unpretentious in care, which includes standard plant care measures.
For pink hibiscus, the optimal room temperature is without sudden changes in it. For long-term flowering, pink hibiscus needs to maintain the temperature regime within 18-20C.
Reference: it is recommended to take the pot out to the balcony or veranda in the summer, which will contribute to longer flowering.
Watering is carried out with settled water at room temperature... Hibiscus loves spraying as well as humidified air. When carrying out such procedures, moisture should be avoided on flowers and buds. This contributes to their deterioration and rapid withering. Unsettled water can lead to yellowing and leaf fall.
The entire Malvov family loves a lot of light. Therefore, it is recommended to place them near the window, avoiding direct light rays. Hibiscus pink is well suited for east and west windows.
For good growth, a small layer of expanded clay or broken brick must be laid on the bottom of the pot and covered with soil. The soil should be in the following ratio: 2 parts of land, 4 parts of peat and 1 part of sand.
To obtain a beautiful aerial part from strong shoots, pruning should be a mandatory part of grooming... For this, a couple of central shoots are left, the crown is shortened by a couple of buds. If there is a need to give the plant an artisanal or spherical shape, you need to completely remove the central branch.
The plant consumes a large amount of nutrients, so it especially needs feeding. For him, standard fertilizers for flowering plants, which are applied once or twice a week, are suitable.
The planting container can be made of any material (plastic, wood).
Important: the pot should be chosen in such a way that the roots fit freely in it, but there is not much free space left.
The transplant is carried out once a year before the start of growth (in late February - early March). For such purposes, the soil is taken of the same composition as for planting. The pot has an important role in this process. It should be 4-5 centimeters larger than the past. Choosing a larger or smaller pot will result in a long-term lack of flowering.
In winter, hibiscus should be especially carefully protected from drafts and temperature extremes. In winter, the amount of watering, top dressing and fertilization is reduced. If the leaves began to crumble from the flower, it means that the temperature regime does not suit him or he is standing in a draft.
Types of pink hibiscus propagated by cuttings and seeds:
- The first method is simpler and less laborious. Young, but strong shoots are selected for propagation by cuttings. They are separated from the mother base with a sharp blade obliquely. All lower leaves must be removed from the cutting, and the upper part must be shortened by a few centimeters. For the formation of powerful roots, it is recommended to put the cutting in a container with water for a period of two to three weeks.
- The seed method of growing is more painstaking, but it has an advantage over the cuttings. Plants that grow from seeds are more resistant to disease.
Diseases and pests
Parasites can be distinguished from the problems of cultivation. The most common of these are aphids and spider mites. If pests are found on a flower, it must be treated with soapy water and special antiparasitic agents that can be bought at the store are applied.
Pink hibiscus is similar and takes root well next to:
In addition to beauty, pink hibiscus will bring benefits and health to the house. It cleans the air from carcinogenic substances. Adhering to simple rules of care, the plant will delight for a long time with beautiful flowers and variegated foliage.