Hibiscus syriacus Purple Ruffles ('Sanchoyo')
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to October
- Flower colour: purple-pink
- Other features: lobed, dark green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, purplish-pink flowers, with a neat swirl of smaller petals in the centre, create an air of the exotic when they appear from late summer to mid autumn. Valuable for adding colour to the garden when many other plants have faded, this tree hollyhock makes an excellent specimen plant for a sheltered, sunny border. As it tends not to leaf up until late spring, it is best planted towards the back of the border and underplanted with spring flowering bulbs and perennials.
- Garden care: To encourage a bushy habit prune young plants hard in late spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established it requires little if any regular pruning.
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Q:I bought this from you in April 2012 and it has never flowered. It makes a lot of leaves and looks healthy but does not produce flowers. I live in West Yorkshire so can it be the climate that is inhibiting flowers on this shrub?Asked on 8/20/2013 by mo from Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why this beautiful shrub won't lower. After planting, many plants will focus their energies into producing root growth rather than flowers, this ultimately is a good thing (although it can be a little frustrating). The most important thing with these plants is that they get loads of sun. If they are are not in full sun for the best part of the day they can be shy to flower. The other thing you can do to help it along is make sure it is kept well watered during summer and feed it with Sulphate of Potash.
The most importantAnswered on 8/21/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Hello, You are selling Hibiscus in a 3 litre pot -I want to know how tall the actual plant is when despatched please. Many thanksAsked on 7/20/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello There, These will be around 30-45cm tall in a 3lt pot. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/21/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
I have a three year old Hibiscus in a pot in my summerhouse. The first year there were masses of blooms, in the second very few, and this year I have plenty of buds but the leaves are turning yellow and dropping . Could you give me tips as to a cure? DonaldAsked on 7/5/2006 by Donald
A:It sounds as if your Hibiscus may be suffering from a lack of fertiliser. This would certainly explain the lack of flowers and yellowing leaves. Plants growing in pots need to be fertilised on a regular basis as their roots cannot reach out into the soil to find their own nutrients. You can feed them by either sprinkling the surface of the compost with a slow-release fertiliser in spring, or by using a liquid feed throughout the summer.Answered on 7/6/2006 by Crocus
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