Hibiscus has another name. It is called none other than the Sudanese rose.
Hibiscus is considered one of the most common plants used for home planting.
Experts in the field of floriculture have a great many varieties of this plant. Thus, over a thousand varietal groups are distinguished, which are characterized by their characteristics in terms of size, shape, color variations of petals and foliage.
The great advantage of hibiscus in the beauty of its flowering. And indeed, the flowers of this plant are large in size, pomp and pleasing to the eye with bright color solutions.
An interesting fact is that each hibiscus flower blooms for a very specific amount of time, namely, twenty-four hours, no more, no less. However, this plant is endowed with a huge number of buds, which allows you to extend the flowering period for a very long period of time, starting with the early spring days and until autumn.
Sudanese rose contains a huge amount of vitamins in its flowers. That is why hibiscus petals are so often used to create beautiful, very tasty types of tea. A tea ceremony with a Sudanese rose is held both on cold winter evenings in order to warm your body and soul, as they say, and in hot weather in order to saturate the body with fluid, as well as cooling. And in the heat of the tea drink from the Sudanese rose is drunk as well chilled, and slightly warm. Your body is filled with large amounts of vitamin C.
Often on tea bags of hibiscus petals, we can meet another name - karkade.
Homeland of the Sudanese rose is considered the territory of such countries as: China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Fiji, the island of Java, which is characterized by a large variety of tea plants.
The appearance of hibiscus
A lush shrub with deep green foliage and large flowers of bright color is hibiscus.
The stamens of Sudan rose flowers form tubes that strongly project above the surface of the flower petals. This creates an interesting feature in the appearance of flowers, especially those that are not endowed with a terry surface of the petals, and are smooth. The flowers themselves are not smooth around the edges. They have a slightly ragged toothed edge structure.
There are varieties that do not differ dark green foliage, which usually characterizes the hibiscus, and variegated rather large leaves.
In natural conditions, in its habitual for shrub area, it can reach a height of five meters. However, being domesticated, hibiscus does not show such growth results. At home, you can grow a Sudanese rose well, up to a maximum of one and a half meters.
Sudanese rose may grow both in open ground and at home.
The most important thing is the right care. The plant is very light-loving, but otherwise not too whimsical in the process of growth and development.
Hibiscus looks great in wide vases or bulk pots. The plant will perfectly decorate your room or any other spacious room in the apartment and house.
Often, containers with hibiscus are installed in corridors and rooms for general-purpose relaxation in sanatoriums, camps, kindergartens, and other similar public institutions.
Plant hibiscus can be cuttings. Less commonly, seeds are used for this purpose.
It would be good to buy the soil in a specialized flower shop, but you can prepare it yourself. To do this, take and mix the following components: turf ground, leaf, peat and sand.
Take spacious containers for planting and always line the drainage layer to the bottom. It can be provided with river pebbles or small pebbles.
When planting should not be too deep plant.
After planting, carefully water the hibiscus.
Caring for hibiscus is not a difficult affair. I can even say the opposite. Among all the plants that modern growers use as indoor plants, the Sudanese rose can be grown without much effort.
However, the simplicity of cultivation does not exclude the need to follow a number of rules for the care of hibiscus.
Your unpretentious plant will require good sanctification and warmth. It is best to place your plantings in such a way that the sun's rays are slightly diffused, such as hitting the direct sunlight on the flowers will not affect too favorably. Light is important in order to actively buds and, accordingly, the flowering process went well.
A lot of dimmed light will prolong your flowering period.
Very good your hibiscus and feeds. They are especially good for the spring and summer seasons, when there is the most significant growth and development of the shrub.
In order to enrich the soil for hibiscus with nutrients and nutrients for it, use complex mineral or organic fertilizers.
If you suddenly decide to transplant the plant, then it is acceptable at any time, except when the hibiscus is in active flowering.
Watering should be very abundant. In winter, water the plant as little as possible. So you will provide him with a temporary rest, which hibiscus cannot create for himself in indoor conditions, as he would have done, being in his natural habitat.
You can sometimes gnaw the soil. Just not too deep and careful. So that in no case damage the root system.
Keep track of your hibiscus's health. You can determine it by the brightness of the foliage and the profusion of flowering.
The most dangerous pest for your planting is aphid. It easily flies through the window during airing or can damage the hibiscus while it basks in the sun on the balcony.
You will see the insect immediately, despite its small size. If the hibiscus was damaged by it, then the leaves and other parts of the flower, which, as they say, the aphids did not pass, will curl and fall off.
To combat aphids, use special store preparations.