Hibiscus Lady Baltimore

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Lady Baltimore is a luscious pinkish/purple with pure red eye-zone. Flowers up to 10 or 12 inches across. PP#04721 (Hibiscus)

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Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 48-60" tall (4-5 feet), 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 8SHRUB
Lady Baltimore is one of the most widely grown of these hardy hibiscus hybrids. The bi-coloring of pink and red is stunning.

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 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 8SHRUB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Flower Size 6-8 inch flowers
Mature Height 48-60" tall (4-5 feet)
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 Green
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & 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 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 Lady Baltimore
 
3.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable growth (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (3), Casual hobbyist (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hi lady B. Hibiscus turned out Nice

Lady Baltimore Hibiscus turned out very nice.

Lady Baltimore Hibiscus turned out very nice.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a dud!

Planted this exactly as the tag instructed, within a week the branch was brittle and hollow feeling. It was completely dead!!! Never grew the tiniest little bit I was so disappinted after...Read complete review

Planted this exactly as the tag instructed, within a week the branch was brittle and hollow feeling. It was completely dead!!! Never grew the tiniest little bit I was so disappinted after seeing all the pictures! Not sure if I just got a dud but these are awful! I bought two of them and both had the same problem!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It grew, I would buy it again if need be

By 

from AuGres, Mi.

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

    I'm looking forward to what it will be next season, as I just planted it in May of 13'. It did grow, it didn't bloom, but I did not expect it to bloom in this first season.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Did not survive

    By 

    from Hope Id

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

    Arrived looking sad and I did try to nurse it along with lots of TLC but it did not survive and I could have placed it in a bad location or not enough sun? Who knows but it didn't make it and I'm sad.

     
    1.0

    It's a dud!

    By 

    from Spokane ,WA

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

    Planted this exactly as the tag instructed, within a week the branch was brittle and hollow feeling. It was completely dead!!! Never grew the tiniest little bit I was so disappinted after seeing all the pictures! Not sure if I just got a dud but these are awful! I bought two of them and both had the same problem!

     
    5.0

    easy to grwo

    By 

    from carmel, indinana

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Beautiful flowers

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

      beautiful flowers and so easy to grow

       
      5.0

      wonderful plant

      By 

      from Smyrna, TN

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      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

      This plant has exceeded my expectations. It is taller than me and the blooms are still coming.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Most Incredible Plant I've Ever Grown

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      from Near Tampa, Florida.

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast growing
      • Tons Of Flowers

      Cons

      • Blooms only last one day

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

        When I got the plant, it was tiny. Only a few inches high. I was not impressed. However, when I transplanted it into a one gallon pot, I noticed that the root system was very large and dense. Incredibly, it grew to 24 inches high within four weeks, and I had to put it in a 6 gallon pot. Then it grew to 42 inches (about full size) at 7 weeks old and started to flower. I counted 35 flowers over the next 3 weeks or so ! Then it rested for a few weeks. Now at 11 weeks old it is 45 inches high and has the start of about 30 more buds showing !
        (This is August 9.) I've never had a plant do this well so soon. And the blooms are huge. I call it my "plant from outer space." Highly recommended.

        P.S. I planted it in 30% Peat Moss,30% Rose Garden Soil, 30% Black Kow, and 10% Perlite.

        I had identical growth results from a Kopper King ordered at the same time, but the Kopper King had only 10 blooms at first and is not showing signs of any more buds yet. But,I would also give it 5 stars.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lady Baltimore has performed beautifully

        By 

        from Palatka, Fl.

        About Me Avid Gardener

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        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

            Yes I would recommend Lady Baltimore Hibiscus to anyone.
            It has performed beautifully. Has not stopped blooming.
            It requires a lot of water and organic matter.
            This makes seven Hibiscus which I have on my property.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Hi lady B. Hibiscus turned out Nice

            By 

            from Lecanto Florida

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Large Bulb Size
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Colors Not As Expected

            Best Uses

            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

            Lady Baltimore Hibiscus turned out very nice.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            not good

            By 

            from Fair Lawn NJ

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

            I have tried a couple of times to grow a hibiscus because I think they are beautiful. I loose the plant, I think the drought did not help.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DID NOT SUVIVE

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            from DETROIT MICHIGAN

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Lawn
                • Outdoors

                Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Lady Baltimore:

                DID NOT SURVIVE LAST YEAR BUT RECEIVED NEW PLANT TO TRY AGAIN THIS YEAR

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                • Personal

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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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