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Hibiscus Fireball

 
Red Hibiscus Fireball, Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

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Hibiscus Fireball boasts bright red 10” wide flowers! Beautiful green foliage with purple highlights provides a striking backdrop to these impressive blooms. This tropical looking perennial is hardy to zone 4. PP#13631 (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 48-60" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 2.5" pot
SKU 1HIB

Plant Information

Fireball will stop traffic in your garden with bright red, 10” blooms offset by dark foliage.

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 1HIB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Flower Size 10" flowers
Mature Height 48-60" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" 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 Purple
Foliage Dark purple foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

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.

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Shipping

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials 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.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsHibiscus Fireball
 
3.5

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    (6)

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    (1)

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    (3)

56%

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Beautiful Plant

I probably will plant this flower in my yard next spring. I felt that I ordered it a little late to plant it there this past spring, so I planted it in a large...Read complete review

I probably will plant this flower in my yard next spring. I felt that I ordered it a little late to plant it there this past spring, so I planted it in a large flower pot. It grew beautifully and had some beautiful flowers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

purchase 1 of these and 2 different Hibiscus.

Purchase 3 plants in all 1 Fireball and 2 Kopper King Hibiscus. the Fireball one which I was really excited about did not come up at all (dead) the Kopper King (2)...Read complete review

Purchase 3 plants in all 1 Fireball and 2 Kopper King Hibiscus. the Fireball one which I was really excited about did not come up at all (dead) the Kopper King (2) are about a foot and a half high (one stick like tree) and is getting a couple buds now in August. I am hoping the (2) Kopper Kings will survive the winter and do better next year. I will never know about the "Fireball"

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3.0

So far, one of two seems to be thriving

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from Nahant, MA

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  • Attractive

Cons

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    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

    I bought two of these and planted them in similar soil with similar sun. One looks like it's doing pretty well, the other seems stunted and hasn't grown much since being planted outdoors. Too early for flowers yet . Hopefully the slow grower perks up over the growing season

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    5.0

    Amazing

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    from Victoria Texas

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    • Attractive
    • Healthy

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      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

      I bought 2 and didn't hold much hope for the 2 ,4 inch sticks I planted but this morning the beautiful 10 inch rich red flower was astonishing. The only problem is the 4 foot bush is struggling to hold up the buds and flower.

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      1.0

      I put this in the ground, cared for it, and nothing happened

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      from Cazenovia, NY

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      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

      I added this to a perennial border. It never came up.

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      5.0

      Great

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      from Des Moines, Iowa

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy

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        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

        Love the color, great addition to the Hibiscus we already have.

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        2.0

        the plant came up but it did not bloom.

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        from Rockaway Point, New York 11697

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            Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

            I am not sure if I was to expect it to bloom the first year or not but it did not produce a bud or flower this summer.

             
            5.0

            Definitely would buy again!

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            from Snyder, TX

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            • Hardy
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              Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

              Absolutely beautiful! The color is very vibrant and blooms prolifically. Very pleased.

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              5.0

              did not grow

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              from lenoir city, tn

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                  Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

                  Did not grow

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                  1.0

                  purchase 1 of these and 2 different Hibiscus.

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                  from Buffalo (Cheektowaga) New York

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                  • Accurate Instructions

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                  • Unattractive

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                  Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

                  Purchase 3 plants in all 1 Fireball and 2 Kopper King Hibiscus. the Fireball one which I was really excited about did not come up at all (dead) the Kopper King (2) are about a foot and a half high (one stick like tree) and is getting a couple buds now in August. I am hoping the (2) Kopper Kings will survive the winter and do better next year. I will never know about the "Fireball"

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                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Hibiscus fireball

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                  from Greenville, SC

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                  Pros

                  • Blooms Over A Long Period
                  • Large blooms

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great For Compliments
                    • Showy

                    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

                    Great plant. Love the blooms and hope it survives the winter . I would love to see it multiply.

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                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Plant

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                    from Osceola, Arkansas

                    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

                    I probably will plant this flower in my yard next spring. I felt that I ordered it a little late to plant it there this past spring, so I planted it in a large flower pot. It grew beautifully and had some beautiful flowers.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Hibiscus fireball

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                    from Penndel, PA

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                      • Dead
                      • I Thought It Was Dormant
                      • It Never Grew Any Leaves

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                        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Fireball:

                        My plants arrived together on one package. One had leaves and the other was just a stick. I know this is how they look when they are dormant so I didn't complain and planted it. It never revived. Considering the price I am quite disappointed.

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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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