Hibiscus Rose Mallow; 7-16°C/45-61uF; South East Asia

Most varieties have green leaves, al-

In winter the mixture may be allowed to dry out so that plants shed their leaves and remain dormant until watering begins in the early spring; at the higher temperature the plants will retain their leaves. A light position and regular feeding are essential needs, and when potting plants on into final containers it is best to use a peat-based mixture. Plants are increased by taking cuttings about 10cm/4in in length and inserting them in a peat and sand mixture in a warm propagator. Plants develop into bushes 1.8m/6ft in height when grown in larger containers, but may be kept in check by regular pruning which is best done in spring as growth restarts.

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