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How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby Black Dahlia » Jun 27, 2012 6:02 am

I had been thinking about getting one but had been told that they get pretty big and my garden is only about 5ft wide by about 10ft long and I would like to have a bunch of different types of flowers in it and not have a huge chunk of it taken over by one plant. Does anyone know how big they get?
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Re: How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby B_BQ » Jun 27, 2012 8:23 am

I've seen the perennial hibiscus, (Rose of Sharon), grow to 12+ feet high x 10+ feet wide. I have two and I keep them trimmed to the height and width I want.
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Re: How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jun 28, 2012 9:25 am

It depends on what type of hibiscus you are looking at. Hibiscius syriacus acts more liked a tree and, as BBQ said, can get quite large. The disadvantage of this plant is that, in most cases, it self-sows like crazy.

I prefer perennial hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheuto. They have beautiful blooms and die back to the ground in winter. My fav is "Sweet Caroline" which grows about 3 ft wide and six feet tall. It looks beautiful with grasses, clematis, sedum, and spirea. It makes a great focal point in a bed the size you describe.

Another H. moscheuto that has stayed fairly narrow for me is "Plum Crazy".
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Re: How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby Black Dahlia » Jun 29, 2012 12:04 am

Thanks. :) I am actually thinking about putting one in a big pot on the porch beside the garden. That way I don't have to worry about it taking over. I have a bit of an idea already for what flowers I want in the garden and I've already got it sort of mapped out. I think the hibiscus being in the garden would cancel out too many of the other plants for my liking. I've seen them potted before so maybe I'll give that a try.
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Re: How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jun 29, 2012 8:30 am

A hibiscus in a pot on the porch sounds lovely. Another type of hibiscus - tropical hibiscus - would be suitable for that depending on how much sun is on the porch and how willing you are to water it regularly.

This year, I bought a tropical one with white blooms for the back porch. Now I have to figure out how to store it for the winter.
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Re: How Big to Hibiscus plants get?

Postby Black Dahlia » Jun 29, 2012 11:53 am

That's my problem with all of my plants that need to come out for the winter... Figuring out what to do with them. My apartment doesn't get much sun at all inside. I may end up having to send a bunch to my Mom's...
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