Hibiscus Sweet Caroline

Pink Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

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Sweet Caroline is the longest-blooming hardy hibiscus with gorgeous, bright pink blooms that feature dark veins. Enjoy the huge blooms from summer into the fall. (Hibiscus)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 48-72" tall, 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 2HIB
Sweet Caroline’s long-lasting, pink blooms will add a sweet, romantic statement to your summer garden.

The Hardy Hibiscus is the result of hybridizing our own little-known North American native wildflower shrubs, the tall wild hibiscus species, mostly one called Hibiscus moscheutos.

Do not confuse these hardy ones with the beautiful tropical ones used as houseplants. That's H. rosa-sinensis, the Chinese Hibiscus, and the national flower of Malaysia. Its also the one everyone enjoys in landscaping in Miami and in Hawaii. If you don't live in those frost-free places, you'll love the hardy types.

The fantastic Hardy Hibiscus hybrids are one of gardenings best-kept secrets, unless one of your neighbors happens to have one. They make glossy green shrubs about 4 or 5 feet tall, and in mid and late summer cover themselves with dinnerplate-sized flowers in a selection of colors.

How the Hardy Hibiscus hybrids happened: One of the earliest sensations in this group was the famous hybrid, Lord Baltimore, followed by Lady Baltimore which was developed during the 1970s.

But those two were only the beginning. Like most sensational groups of hybridized plants, there is usually a passionate person behind it all. In this case, its three people--the famous Fleming Brothers of Lincoln, Nebraska. Years ago, Jim, Bob, and Dave Fleming became interested in the sort of rangy native hibiscus species they knew from the wild. Their mother was the Nebraska State Naturalist, so all three of them grew up as native plant experts. To make a long story short, they spent their entire lives hybridizing and are the creators of many very famous perennials in the market today, but the most famous are the Fleming Hibiscus Hybrids. These patented plants include the world-famous Robert Fleming, Kopper King and many others. The last Fleming brother passed away just a few years ago, but their own wholesale nursery is still in business, and you can visit their website. You'll see fascinating photos and read all about the brothers and their fantastic legacy of fine flowers. Its an incredible story of three men who loved plants. Here's their site: Fleming Flower Fields.

SKU 2HIB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 48-72" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

How to Grow and Care For Hardy Hibiscus

Planting - How Hibiscus Arrives

When you receive your Hardy Hibiscus plant from American Meadows, it could look like a pot of soil with sticks. Seems disappointing, but looks are deceiving because actually there is a thriving strong root system below the soil. The hibiscus is dormant and hasn’t emerged yet. We want you to successfully grow and care for your Hardy Hibiscus. To start planting, there are a few growing conditions to consider before planting.

Planting Needs

Hardy Hibiscus thrives best in well drained soil, amended with organic matter. Hibiscus prefers acidic soil. To add acidity to your soil, add Peat moss or potting soil to your garden. If your soil is mostly clay, consider planting Hibiscus in a raised bed, this helps to eliminate water buildup.

The best time to plant Hardy Hibiscus is after all danger of frost has passed. To plant, dig a hole double the size of the pot and set the plant in, the crown of the plant should rest just at or above the soil surface. Press the new loose dirt around the plant and water. If you water and the base of the plant shows, add more soil. If you are planting multiple Hibiscus, space plants 2 to 3 ft apart in the garden. Although the plant maybe small, these beauties reach 48” – 72” Tall.

Location and Light

Hardy Hibiscus is slow to emerge in cold springs or early summers, so be patient. Hardy Hibiscus does best in full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but growth and flowering will suffer. If you live in areas with very hot summers, during the hottest part of the day, Hibiscus may need shade. Hibiscus should be planted along, or in the back of perennial flower beds.

After Planting Care for Years of Growth

Fertilizer

Hibiscus needs lots of nutrients. There are a few ways to fertilize Hibiscus. One option is in the spring; apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant. Or apply fertilizer with 10-4-12, 9-3-13 or 10-10-10 around the base of the hibiscus. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer, too much phosphorous will kill hibiscus.

Temperature

Hibiscus is hardy to zone 5. Hardy hibiscus benefits from warm temperatures for bud growth, so if it’s a cold spring or summer, growth will be slower. To keep Hibiscus warm apply a layer of mulch to protect Hibiscus in the winter and early spring.

Watering

Hibiscus needs both moist and well drained soil. If Hibiscus dries out to much it will drop all its foliage and will look like a bunch of dead sticks. When this happens don’t stress, it will re-bud, it’s the Hibiscus protecting its roots system. It’s important to not over water or underwater. If you are growing hibiscus in a container, plant your hibiscus in a pot with adequate drainage holes. Otherwise if Hibiscus is in water to long, its root will begin to rot.

Pruning

Hibiscus don’t need to be pruned. But if you choose to shape Hibiscus the best time to do so, is in late fall or winter depending on your location. Otherwise Hibiscus produces new growth every year from the ground up. To encourage branching and more flowers stalk, prune is in early summer when Hibiscus has starts to grow.

Further Reading:

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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1.0

Plant did not grow - arrived all dried up

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from New Jersey

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Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

Arrived dead, did not grow....very disappointed

 
2.0

Beautiful if you can get them to grow.

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from New York, New York

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        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

        I ordered two and planted them according to instructions. After 6 weeks there were no signs of growth. I called American Meadows and they sent two more plants. Those did not grow, but one of the original plants eventually grew and produced beautiful blooms.

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        5.0

        Sweet Sweet Caroline

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        from West Milford, NJ

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy

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          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

          Planted last year and is coming up again after a very cold winter.

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          1.0

          Did not live.

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          from Georgia

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                Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                This plant was a tiny, dead looking stick when it arrived. I planted it, watered it, and cared for it. It never leafed out or lived at all - it remained a little dead stick. At the same time, I ordered a Kopper King Hibiscus and it arrived in the same condition - they were planted near each other, and it lived and did well. Produced beautiful flowers in the first 4 months. I did contact American Meadows to ask for a refund for this Sweet Caroline hibiscus and never received any response. I am very unhappy with this purchase.

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                5.0

                ordering more ! PLEASED !

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                from Northern Illinois

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                • Grew Quickly With Blooms

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                • none

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                  Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                  arrived on the small side but grew 2 feet and gave me 6 blooms .Next year it will be magnificent !

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful plant

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                  from Holly Springs, NC

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                  Pros

                  • Beautiful flowers
                  • Beautiful foliage
                  • Packaged well
                  • Quick And Easy Transplant

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                      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                      This is our second time ordering hibiscus from American Meadows because we were so pleased with the first set (Blue River). The plants are packaged well when they arrive and are so easy to transplant. Growing up in Florida I missed my hibiscus now that I live in the NC and these hardy hibiscus were the perfect answer. We have them all over our yard and ordered this particular species to grow up against the house to provide some shade on windows that get afternoon Sunday. They are beautiful to look at from inside or outside! Highly recommend.

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                      5.0

                      Nice strong first summer growth.

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                      from N.Y.

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                      • Easy care

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                          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                          This 3gal pot came without damage & bloomed 10" flowers the first year.

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                          1.0

                          BROWN SPROUT STAYED THAT WAY

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                          from Leesburg, VA

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                            • Dead
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                            Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                            I bought new soil and fertilizer. Received what looked like a DEAD sprout. Followed directions. Nurtured it...to no avail.

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                            2.0

                            Did not meet my expectations

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                            from Norfolk, VA

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                                  Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                                  I am not sure but this plant did not grow more than 6 inches. I will take responsibility for it. I am sure there is something I did wrong as I am still learning. When I received the plant it was a dead stick and very small. I was sceptical but it did grow. Just not very big and never had any blooms. I am hoping that next year it will grow like it should.

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                                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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