|Hibiscus schizopetalus subsp. var.||Coral Hibiscus, Skeleton Hibiscus, Japanese Lantern, Fringed Hibiscus|
A weeping tree hibiscus. Grows rapidly and blooms freely. Hanging pink or red/coral colored flowers have 2.5 inch petals that curve up, with many deep lacy lobes, giving a beautiful effect. This fast growing shrub reaches 6-8 feet with a spread of 5-6 feet. Flowers sporadically year-round in greenhouse or in tropics, or during warm season elsewhere.
Can be grown as hanging basket plants and treated as an annual.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Hibiscus schizopetalus, Hook. f. Tall glabrous shrub with slender drooping branches: lvs. ovate-elliptic, toothed: bracteoles minute: fls. pendulous, on long jointed peduncles, red or orange-red, the recurved petals beautifully and deeply cut; calyx tubular; stamens long-exserted: fr. long, bearing smooth seeds. E. Trop. Afr.—A beautiful species, for the warmhouse; grown in the American tropics.
Grow in part shade and intermediate to warm temperatures. 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite has been a successful potting medium. Do not allow to dry out, keep plant moist at all times. Give a monthly balanced fertilizer at ½ the strength recommended on the label.
Prune often to keep a desired form. Pruning often to give and keep shape, as well as encourage blooms which form on new wood.
Take cuttings of half-ripe wood or newer growth, though half ripe is preferable. Place cuttings in water until roots of 1/4 inch have emerged from the stem. Plant in potting soil until roots are strong and cutting is ready for transplant into garden or larger pot.
Pests and diseases
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963