Valentine Crush Rose Mallow
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Hibiscus. An incredible new Hibiscus from Proven Winners, 'Valentine's Crush' provides a tropical feel with large dark red flowers on a vigorous and upright plant. Hardy to zone 4, plants are late to emerge in spring but grow quickly to add a very special focal point by mid-summer. No.1 root. Height 48-60".
Sold as: Pkg of 1
|1||Pkg of 1||$ 31.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 1||$ 28.95 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 1||$ 27.15 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 1||$ 25.55 / pkg|
It is very important to plant as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the plastic bags. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes.
Soak bare-root perennials in water for a few hours before planting. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be a while before the plant shows itself.
Grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Will tolerate light shade but more sun = more flowers. Plant with the top of the crown about 2 to 4" below the soil so that a good portion of the old stems are buried. New sprouts will only emerge from below the soil and any new buds (bumps at the top of the crown/base of the stems) must be covered. Top with 1 to 2" of mulch after planting. Give each plant 36" or more of space, although they can be underplanted with spring flowering bulbs or groundcovers.
Hibiscus enjoy consistent moisture while actively growing in the summer however they should never be given supplemental water while dormant or they could fail to sprout and may eventually rot. Once established the deep tap roots help them to be fairly drought tolerant but regular water will help them bloom from summer until frost.
Leave the dead stems and seed pods until late winter (unless re-seeding is a problem in your garden) as the stems look nice during the winter when covered in frost and snow and the seeds are a winter food source for birds. In spring prune the old stems to the ground as the new shoots emerge.