The Giant Hibiscus is a colorful tropical type plant. The giant hibiscus is a perennial that thrives well in the full heat of the southern sun. This plant is beautiful, colorful and large enough to give the appearance of a flowering bush.
The hibiscus is reasonably tall, measuring up to eight feet, however, most giant hibiscus plants obtain a height of four to five feet. Because of the height of giant hibiscus, this plant blends well into the backdrop of a garden, does well around decks and any place where there is full sun and a need for height.
The flowers of the giant hibiscus measure four to seven inches across. These are very large flowers of a tropical appearance. The flowers can be as colorful as they are big in red, pink, white, maroon, salmon and white with lovely pink centers. The center of the flower has a long stamen that hummingbirds love. The leaves of the hibiscus are dark green, glossy, long and have a serrated-type edge. The hibiscus is lush with loads of green leaf and large flowers. The lushness of this flowering plant gives it a bush-like emergence.
The giant hibiscus grows quickly, loves heat and loves water. Soggy areas of your yard can be filled with these tropical plants. Giant hibiscus would fair well at the bottom of a slope or hill where there is a large amount of water run-off. This plant would also fair very well where there is water build up and plenty of sun.
The southern parts of the United States like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and North Carolina are great places to cultivate the giant hibiscus. The giant hibiscus is native to Hawaii and would not do well in cooler climates where the winters are very harsh.
The hibiscus can be cut back or trimmed for a neater appearance. For thick patches, plant these flowers two to three feet apart. Planting in this manner will also ensure a solid screen of flowers in the summers.
Plucking the wilting and dead flowers will help your hibiscus plant produce more blooms and to bloom a little longer. If the plant is allowed to turn to seed, you can harvest the seed at the end of the season in early to mid-autumn.
To use the seeds to produce more plants, store the seed in a cool, dry, dark spot. In very early spring, like February, or even earlier, take out the seed you wish to sprout and poke one hole in it with a needle or pin. Place the seeds in lukewarm water. When the seeds begin to sprout, place them in good potting soil and lightly cover. Keep them in the house until weather is warm. When your plant is approximately four to six inches tall and leafy, transplant outdoors. Water well and be amazed at how fast this plant grows!
Now I am sure you are asking, "Why would I want to know about Joe Pye Weeds" Well, it is a wild flower that is also known as a 'Trumpet weed' or 'Queen of the Meadow'. It is North American native perennial herb from southern Canada to Florida and from there west to Texas.