Hibiscus Hedge: Tips for planting and care

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Hibiscus hedges bloom from June in the most beautiful pink, blue or white. And this until September, when other summer flowers have long since withered. In addition, the different varieties can be perfectly mixed and combined to create a harmonious tone-in-tone image. Hibiscus hedges not only provide privacy in the garden, they also delight the eye with colorful flowers. What we have to pay attention to when planting and taking care of hibiscus hedges, we have summarized here for you.

Hibiscus hedge: advantages and disadvantages

As a hibiscus hedge, it is best to plant the hardy and cut-tolerant garden or rose marshmallow (Hibiscus syriacus) and its varieties. The shrubs grow relatively slowly, but after a few years they are 150 to 200 centimeters high and offer a good privacy. The disadvantage, however, is that hibiscus hedges bloom only seasonally - they are deciduous. In addition, the budding occurs relatively late in May, in high altitudes often only in early June.

Plant hibiscus hedges

Hibiscus hedges prefer to grow in sheltered, sunny to partially shaded places with humus rich, well drained soil. With a planting distance of more than 50 centimeters, the hibiscus hedge can later easily be cut to a width of 60 centimeters and thus fits into small gardens. Of course you can also grow hibiscus hedge wider or plan it from the outset as a free-growing hedge. The best planting date for hibiscus hedges is in spring. Then the plants have time all summer to grow and get used to the new location by winter. Our tip: Sludge the soil well after planting.
A string marks the course of the hibiscus hedge. In order not to misjudge the number of plants required, first mark the positions of the individual plants with bars. This is important because you usually need one or two plants more for a freely growing hedge than for a hedge surrounded by walls or fence posts.

Maintain hedges from hibiscus properly

Remove faded inflorescences on the hibiscus

Regularly remove the withered inflorescences of your hibiscus hedge

The most important rule in the care of hibiscus hedges is: pour a lot. Freshly planted hibiscus hedges should be kept moist for at least two weeks. With drip hoses you can easily integrate your hibiscus hedge in an automatic garden irrigation. On drought, hibiscus hedges respond quickly with flower drop. So do not let it get that far and water it at the latest, as soon as the hedge leaves its leaves hanging.
Yellow-stained leaves usually do not indicate illness, but a wrong location in the garden: the hedge is too dark, the hibiscus gets too little light and also suffers from a lack of nutrients. Occasionally, aphids or spider mites make their way over the buds and fresh shoots of the hibiscus hedge. As soon as you discover the pests, you should treat the plants, but also rethink your care measures: pests are fond of infesting little-fertilized and thirsty plants.

Cut of hibiscus hedges

Rejuvenation cut hibiscus hedge

A rejuvenation cut in February does hibiscus hedges well

In the spring, a hibiscus hedge is cut before the leaves are released, cutting well over a third of the lateral shoots formed in the previous year. This promotes flowering, a compact growth and you can also immediately cut off any frozen branches that have no or only dried buds.

winter care

Hibiscus syriacus is considered to be hardy to -20 degrees Celsius in sheltered places. The winter hardiness, however, only increases with increasing age of the plants, so that young hibiscus hedges in rough locations are very grateful for a warming coat of leaves, brushwood or bark mulch for winter protection. In established hedges freeze at Kahlfrost at most a few branches back, which then cuts off.

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