Hibiscus in your home : cultivation and maintenance .All the "pros" and "cons" .
A House And A Garden / / December 12, 2017
Article about own experience of hibiscus content in the home. All the pros and cons.
Hibiscuses are beautiful to the point of insanity! This is the conclusion I made by viewing just a few random photos on the Internet. I'm not talking about the so-called "grandmother" hibiscus, that is, not about those plants that bloom mostly monochromatic red flowers. I'm talking about varietal plants that are grown in specialized nurseries.
In this article, I'm not going to tell the story of the origin of hibiscus, but I want to describe from my own experience those problems that people who are already interested in this plant may encounter, but carefully study all the materials for caring for a sunken flower.
Having seen hibiscus once - I just want to try them "in business".Has bought: quite to itself a modest neat little bush, having a tree-like trunk and large leaves. No problems, I will grow a tree and wait for flowering.
The first disappointment came to me when this tree spontaneously began to stretchupwards, not wanting to bite at all. One fine day on my windowsill there was a tall "drunk" from the pot with the main crown only on the very top. Even windows oriented to the south side did not save positions, and hibiscus needs a lot of light and sun, so they do not stretch.
I knew that hibiscuses require pruning just for the purpose that they begin to branch and bush. But paying for a large flower a decent amount of money( I recall that it was not an ordinary tea rose from the grandmother's window sill), I was afraid to cut it. And this despite the fact that I had the experience of pruning other plants. I was very afraid of ruining an expensive plant.
By the way, if there was enough courage to cut plants, then it was necessary to do something with cuttings. The plant is not cheap, throwing cuttings - just an unforgivable sin. Therefore cut cuttings must either be quickly re-injected to some other plant, or try to root, or give it to someone, or sell to those who know how to handle them. Make a choice as soon as possible, because the shroud is not eternal. All actions again require the efforts of an amateur from floriculture.
The benefit of the lack of a secateur in my hands did not stop the flower, and he finally tied buds and blossomed! And without any exaggeration, I will say: varietal hibiscus is a work of art! You can admire the corrugation of flower petals, in size( often flowers are about 25 cm in size!), Transitions of shades and similar nuances to infinity.
But then another unpleasant discovery struck me: only in the morning the elegant flower opened in the evening had already closed and fell off the pedicel. As it turned out, most hibiscus has a very short flowering time, and so that at least two flowers bloom simultaneously, a miracle must happen. And if you are at work from morning till night, it can happen that the blooming will pass completely without your participation, which, you see, is offensive.
We all step on the rake, regardless of the fact that knowledgeable people are trying to convey to us this or that truth. Those who know about the cultivation of hibiscus girlfriends warned me that they are consumed with a terrible force to eat a spider mite. Who at least once met with him, knows how difficult it can be to withdraw. I, of course, told everyone that this will not happen to me. Alas, and ah! The dining room for ticks among my hibiscuses became available from morning till night. The mites feasted each and every day, and I harbored a bunch of drugs and spent a lot of time trying to get rid of this evil.
The actions of most drugs( even the most modern and effective to date) lasted a month or two and a half or two. Then everything was repeated again. And it should be noted that most of the funds from pests are not harmless to the inhabitants of the dwelling: animals, children, and even the florists themselves.
The result of my craving for hibiscus was that I decided to admire them in photos of the more patient florists. So somehow calmer.
Given my experience, I would like to identify all the pros and cons of hibiscus content at home.
First about the good.
- Stunningly beautiful flowers! All household members and acquaintances will be delighted, the hand will tire of holding the camera to capture flowers in all possible angles.
- Let the flowers stay sometimes only for a day, or even less, but the buds can open one by one. It is likely that every morning you will admire the new flower that has opened.
- Hibiscus teaches many flavors of floriculture. If you want to constantly contemplate the entire charm of flowering around you, then you will master a lot of trimming techniques, grafting, baiting the bloodthirsty insects.
- You can earn money by pruning, rooting and vaccinating. Connoisseurs of hibiscus sea and there are always willing to either exchange varietal plants, or purchase something from your collection. The advantage will also be finding a lot of friends-like-minded people.
Now about the cons.
- Plants are not small, require a lot of space and preferably on the sunny side. Otherwise, you can never wait for flowering and admire only stretched half-naked "sticks" with bundles of leaves on the crown.
- Price. Keep varietal hibiscus rather expensive pleasure, but it, believe me, tightens. I want to have everything in the collection, because they are so different! The price of the plant starts from 700 rubles apiece and, most likely, it will be just a rooted shank, not yet quite ready for flowering. Adult copies will cost even more.
- Constant care for plants, including the formation of neat bushes( pruning), which many are wildly afraid of. Adding cuttings will also lie on your shoulders. For spent money it is a pity to just throw the circumcision in the trash.
- Well, the most unpleasant thing: pests! Be prepared for almost constant attacks of a spider mite on your plants. Store chemicals, respirators and patience.
Now you are fairly well informed about possible problems of hibiscus content at home, so having analyzed all the pros and cons, make the right and firm decision: is the beauty of so many efforts worth it.
But I'll tell you a secret: it's worth it! But provided you have the patience and infinite love for everything beautiful! Good luck!