Hibiscus Robert Fleming

 

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Robert Fleming is one of the most popular Hardy Hibiscus varieties. It produces deep velvety red ruffled flowers. Best variety for containers. PP#14776 (Hibiscus)

Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Containers
Containers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall, 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 23SHRUB
The deep velvety red flowers of this hybrid are now world famous, and the name reflects the man from Nebraska (along with his brothers) who created this beautiful plant. (See Fleming story below.) This one must have constant moisture, and is more cold hardy than the native plants that are its parents. Grows to only about three feet with flowers up to 10 inches across. Your neighbors will be amazed!

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 23SHRUB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 30-36" 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
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Containers, 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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American MeadowsHibiscus Robert Fleming
 
3.7

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5.0

Hibiscus Robert Fleming

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from Moses Lake, WA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors
  • Patio

Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

This was a very young plant. It is growing well, but no blooms the first year due to it's age. I am in full hopes that next year it will produce beautiful HUGE blooms. Looking forward to seeing it bloom for the first time. It is difficult to find the Hardy Hibiscus that survives the high desert temperatures.

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5.0

Beautiful blooms

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from Charlotte, NC

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  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

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    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

    These produce beautiful blooms. I planted these in large planters and placed on my back patio where they receive full sun all day long. The blooms are very large and a deep red color. I only wish they lasted longer than a day, but I got a bloom on each flower every day for about two weeks. I haven't had any blooms in about a month, so I gave them a little food and I see more buds forming.

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    3.0

    Hard to start

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    from West Milford, NJ

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    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

    I couldn't get this one started. It died shortly after planting.

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    3.0

    No flower first year

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    from santa cruz ca

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      Cons

      • Slow Growth

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

      be patient

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      5.0

      Certainly would buy this again.

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      from Pasadena, MD

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

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          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

          Followed planting instructions and was surprised at how quickly my plant grew and how many buds appeared and then bloomed. Beautiful HUGE continuous supply of red flowers. Was very happy with product.

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          from Chapin, SC

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          Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

          None of the six Robert Fleming Hibiscus plants that I ordered from you lived, although I followed the planting instructions I received from you and watered the plants daily. Plants were brown when I received them. Is there a guarantee or remedy for this?

          I have had this type of hibiscus plants for several years, had great success with them and wanted to add these plants to my garden. I've never had a problem getting hibiscus to survive until now.

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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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