I have had this Lord Baltimore Rose Mallow Hibiscus for
several years now and it never ceases to amaze me when
it starts blooming. The bright red blooms are just huge!
Hibiscus Malvaceae moscheutos Lord Baltimore
The poor bush has been moved three times because
I have never been satisfied where I stick it. This spring
I moved it again to a spot at the corner of the garage
and I have promised it that I will not move it again.
I may have lied if it does not do well there ;-)
A herbaceous shrub that can grow from 4 feet to 6 feet
tall and 3 to 4 feet or more in width. It has blooms from 6
to 10 inches . My blooms in this old clay are still an impressive
It is not a pink either but a bright red.
On one of the limbs yesterday there was one bloom and
two buds. This morning the two buds had opened and
the previous bloom was spent.
It grows in zones from 5 to 9, in sun to partial shade.
It requires consistently moist soil, thus the reason she
has been moved so much around my yard, and should not
be allowed to dry out. It does better in full sun with rich soil
but it does pretty well in my clay soil.
Blooms from late summer to fall.
You can collect the seed pods and dry them and
then break the pods open to get the seeds.I have never
tried to grow any from seed but I think I will give it a try
Propagation Methods Are:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
Scarify seed before sowing.
The bush is cut back in the fall to 3 to 4 inches.
Happy Gardening Everyone!