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Hibiscus moscheutos Plant Care Reminders

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow

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General Information

  • Instruction By Mitch Shirts
    Notes Deciduous plants with large bright-colored flowers in pink, red and white that bloom spring through fall. Low-growing--generally reaching 2 to 3 feet high and wide.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    February
    1. Sow Seeds

    Seed indoors in a sunny window.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    March
    1. Sow Seeds

    Seed indoors in a sunny window.
    2. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    3. Water

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week, in the absence of rainfall.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    3. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    4. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow outdoors. Keep soil moist until germination.
    5. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    6. Water

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants 2 to 3 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    7. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    8. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    9. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    10. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    11. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    3. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    4. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow outdoors. Keep soil moist until germination.
    5. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    6. Water

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants 2 to 3 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    7. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    8. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    9. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    10. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    11. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    3. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    4. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    5. Water

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants 3 to 4 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    6. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    7. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    10. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    3. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    4. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    5. Water

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    6. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    7. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    10. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Buy

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    3. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    4. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    5. Water

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    6. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    7. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    10. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    September
    1. Plant

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    2. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    3. Water

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead spent flowers.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.
    October
    1. Water

    Until the plant goes dormant, water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap. Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.
    November
    1. Water

    Until the plant goes dormant, water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
    December
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    May

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    June

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    July

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    August

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    September

    Buy when the plant is in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    May

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    June

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    July

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    August

    Buy when the plant is available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    September

    Buy when the plant is in bloom so you can choose your preferred flower color.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    April

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    May

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    June

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    July

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    August

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    September

    Plant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    February

    Seed indoors in a sunny window.

    March

    Seed indoors in a sunny window.

    April

    Direct sow outdoors. Keep soil moist until germination.

    May

    Direct sow outdoors. Keep soil moist until germination.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    April

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    May

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    June

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    July

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    August

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    September

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    In the absence of rainfall, water

    March

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week, in the absence of rainfall.

    April

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants 2 to 3 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    May

    Water in-ground plants weekly and container plants 2 to 3 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    June

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants 3 to 4 times a week. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    July

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    August

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    September

    Water in-ground plants twice weekly and container plants every 1 to 2 days. Plant prefers moist conditions.

    October

    Until the plant goes dormant, water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week.

    November

    Until the plant goes dormant, water in-ground plants weekly and container plants twice a week.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    April

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    May

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    June

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    July

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    August

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    September

    Deadhead spent flowers.

    November

    When plant goes dormant, cut back the stems to 3 to 4 inches from the base of the plant. New growth will come from the base the following spring.

    December

    When plant goes dormant, cut back the stems to 3 to 4 inches from the base of the plant. New growth will come from the base the following spring.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    April

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    May

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    June

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    July

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    August

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    September

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the base of the plant out to the drip-line.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    February

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    March

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    April

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    May

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    June

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    July

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    August

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    September

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    October

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    November

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    December

    Check underside of foliage for aphids, thrips and giant whiteflies.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    April

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    May

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    June

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    July

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    August

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    September

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    October

    Treat aphids with a strong spray of water. If they return, spray with insecticidal soap.
    Treat thrips with insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.

    A parasatoid wasp was released several years ago to combat giant whitefly. The wasp consumes the insides of the whitefly, leaving a yellow-colored husk. Check your plant's for evidence of parasitized whiteflies. The parasites take some time to appear in spring. It is best to be patient before applying any insecticides, as they will also kill the beneficial wasps. Mulching with worm castings also helps plants ward off whiteflies.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    April

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    May

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    June

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    July

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    August

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

    September

    Transplant in a sunny spot that is protected from wind in a well-draining, rich soil amended with homemade or bagged compost.

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