Plants

Hibiscus palustris

Spraying and watering of hibiscus palustris

This plant originates exclusively from the Asian and American continents and is classified in the specific and vast family grouping of the Malvaceae. The perennial herb is highly appreciated for its indented foliage and for its large and variegated inflorescences, with shades ranging from white to pink to vermilion. It is therefore often used to embellish gardens, flower beds and, in particular, decorative ponds and water basins. Hibiscus palustris denotes a considerable need for spraying: it will therefore be constantly and generously wet during the spring and summer season, as well as watered in moderation also during the remaining part of the year. It will be necessary, however, to ensure that between one watering and the other the cultivation soil always remains well moistened.

Hibiscus palustris care and culture


The Hibiscus palustris can be placed in parks and open spaces or indifferently placed in the terraces and balconies of buildings. Of fairly rapid growth, in both cases it will reach a height of about 2 meters. It will need a soft earth, discreetly endowed with organic substances and constantly humid, although never completely soaked or soaked. If grown in pots, it will be advisable to adopt a container of reasonable size, which can allow the reception of the robust root system and support the development of the plant. Repotting operations should be carried out on average every 2 years in the middle of the spring period: it will be very important, at this stage, to also replace all or almost all of the soil, which is now consumed and dried up.

Fertilization and fertilization of the plant


The perennial herb will have normal and not excessive needs to be fertilized, in order to be able to take on the right and due nutrients. Fertilization will be carried out purely during the summer period, every two weeks, with preferable limitation or suspension of supplies in other seasons of the year. The fertilizer to be adopted will be of a liquid nature, to be dissolved in the spraying water, however the solid nature one can also be used, distinguished by the gradual and progressive release, at obviously more spaced frequencies. In all cases, it must be specific for Hibiscus palustris or generic for hibiscus and contemplate the predominance of the potassium component compared to the other nitrogenous and phosphorated macro-components, with all the necessary and useful microelements.

Hibiscus palustris: Exposure and detectable pathologies


The graceful decorative plant will find perfect positioning in an illuminated and sunny habitat, without fear of exposure to solar radiation, and will easily adapt even to partially shady environments. Quite strong and rustic, it will generally not suffer from adverse thermal conditions, however if the temperature drops below zero, coverings and mulches will prove to be convenient. Finally, Hibiscus palustris will sporadically be affected by fungal diseases, while it may be attacked by insects and parasites, especially by aphids. Commonly called plant lice, they derive nutrition from the sap present in the buds and branches, severely weakening the plant. The contrast will be entrusted to natural products and detergents or to specific pyrethral-based insecticides.

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