Ibiscus: cultivation and pruning

Ibiscus: cultivation and pruning

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Ibiscus, plant with wonderful flowers, often single, but also double, why not? Not to mention the colors, the petals. As for green, our thumb doesn't have to be green to get good results. It is not difficult to cultivateIbiscus, it is very important to position it well. And naturally love him very much.

Ibiscus: plant

L'Ibiscus is native to Asia but for years it has been widespread throughout Europe, all over the world, I would say, including Italy of course. Despite the exotic name it is not at all rare to find its flowers to embellish public or private gardens. It is a shrub mainly grown for ornamental purposes, appreciated as street furniture.

There Ibiscus plant it is well branched and can reach up to 3 meters in height, it has a smooth and gray bark, as it ages it may become less smooth, as if it had wrinkles. As for the leaves, they are three-lobed, oval and of a rather dark green, the margin is serrated, but the leaves are hardly looked at, they are a simple accompaniment to large solitary flowers that this plant gives us.

They have the shape of a bell, very simple and elegant at the same time, they show off very rich colors, but also various shades of pink and white. There are varieties of Ibiscus which differ in the double or stradouble flower. After flowering, the fruits appear which do not have even a tenth of the charm of flowers: they are large semi-woody, oval capsules. But they contain seeds, so they are essential to still have flowers.

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Ibiscus: cultivation

The botanical name for this flowering shrub is Hibiscus and a rustic and adaptable type. If we live in an area with a harsh climate, it is better to keep it indoors, otherwise it gladly enjoys the mild climate even when in the garden, on a balcony or in a flower bed. In Italy, we can usually say that we have a mild climate, at least for the parameters of ours Ibiscus.

Terrace, balcony or garden, whatever it is, or apartment if we want to admire the flower from the sofa, instead of yet another evening talk show, the important thing is that the plant can take a lot of light and very hot. Without exaggerating, of course, to keep it from drying out, but we choose bright positions, even with rays that directly hit our shrub.

If anything, it's the cold that annoys him, in winter you have to grow it indoors, in order to have beautiful blooms, only in midsummer it should be protected from direct light in the hottest hours when we can also make it foliar nebulizations. In addition to sun and light, to obtain good results, water it every time the soil remains dry without letting too much time pass and every 15-20 days we fertilizer for flowering plants during the usual watering.

The type of terrain is not a big problem, theIbiscus fits even those full of stones are certainly happier if they can live in a fresh, humus and well-drained soil. If we keep it in a vase, every 3 or 4 years we can repot it in a slightly larger one but without exaggerating, and never exceeding 30 cm in diameter.

Ibiscus: pruning

In general the Ibiscus it does not require a particularly demanding pruning work, nothing that each of us with a little commitment and attention cannot do. The best period, taking into account the vigorous development of this shrub, is the one after flowering for "Give us a break", just before winter arrives, harsh or not. Even when the cold season is over, it can be cleaned up.

This means removing the shabby leaves and tidying up the leaves: it is an operation not for obsessions of perfection or symmetry, it favors the development of new branches and let's not forget that new branches will bring more flowers. We must not exceed with the pruning of Ibiscus however, because the aim is to strengthen the branches and if anything to remove only the withered flowers and the dry or damaged parts. While we are busy probing through the foliage we can take the opportunity to pass the leaves with a damp cloth and check that he is in good health.

It is very important to keep this plant monitored as another plant for the onset of any diseases. The sooner we realize it the more likely it is to be able to eradicate them. In the case of Ibiscus we don't have too much to fear because we are dealing with one resistant species.

They can annoy him i water stagnation also causing the flowers to fall off. Among the enemies there are the aphids that take it above all - treacherous - with the newly sprouted shoots, causing the smokiness. Mites are other little creatures from which to defend theIbiscus, especially its leaves.

Ibiscus: photo

A roundup of photos by Ibiscus after all these indications it is a great way to relax and start thinking about where to place the plant we will buy. I'm sure: after seeing that gorgeous flowers, you can't do without them.

Ibiscus: price

It is not a class plant, theIbiscus, indeed, it has a rather affordable price, especially if we don't get a giant specimen. It clearly depends on the place where you buy it, but to get an idea a plant between 20 and 60 cm can cost a maximum of 30 euros, but also half, if we go up in height, it is normal that the price also goes up and with a 1 meter hibiscus it also comes to 60 euros.

Due to the beauty of the flowers and their short duration, this oriental plant is called to represent fleeting beauty before the world: a beautiful responsibility. In language of flowers, giving a hibiscus as a gift means appreciating the beauty of the beloved woman, in the field of medicinal techniques it was once believed that hibiscus roots, cooked in wine, they could fight the diseases ofrespiratory system, sciatica and other ailments.

Ibiscus: seeds

For the flower, to give as gifts or to admire, or to try to see if the ancients were right about the properties of this flower, we can grow it even starting from the seed. A pack of 100 seeds costs less than 4 euros and promises us large flowers.

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Video: Hibiscus Tree Artistic Pruning with Gary Walker, The Tree Whisperer (February 2023).