Luna Red Hibiscus

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Luna Red Hibiscus brings tropical flair to the hardy perennial garden with dramatic eight-inch cranberry red blooms produced continuously from mid to late summer. Broad, deep green foliage provides stunning contrast to the bright blooms. More compact growth and dense branching make Luna Red an ideal specimen for containers or borders. Deer resistant. (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Native
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size24-36" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to early fall
SizePlant - 3.5" Pot
SKUAM017320

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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Plant Information
24-36" tall x 24-36" wide. The vibrant blooms of Luna Red Hibiscus will entice butterflies and hummingbirds. While individual hibiscus flowers last only one to two days, a continuous supply of new blossoms will keep winged visitors happy through the heat of summer. Plants tolerate the high heat and humidity of a southern summer, yet are cold hardy to zone 5. Luna Red Hibiscus thrives in rich, moist soils, but is drought tolerant once established. An ideal plant for rain gardens, low-lying areas and alongside water gardens. Plant as an accent or specimen in the shrub border or cottage garden. Plants respond well to fertilizer and regular, deep irrigation. This low-maintenance beauty grows into a bushy, well-branched plant without pinching. Continuous blooming occurs without deadheading, but spent flowers can be removed as desired to maintain a tidy appearance.
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SKUAM017320
Item Package Size
Plant - 3.5" Pot
Common Name
Luna Red Hibiscus
Botanical Name
Hibiscus moscheutos
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Flower Size
6-8" flowers
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Mid summer to early fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Oval shaped, dark green foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Tolerates
Humidity
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Containers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Yes
Item Unit
Plant
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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