Hibiscus Palustris needs to stay in moist soil at all times. However, we must not overdo it by literally immersing it in water as it would tolerate this situation only for a short time: the root system must not remain soaked. It should be considered that this plant grows spontaneously near rivers or swamps. So, wanting to cultivate it with the do-it-yourself, you must necessarily try to reproduce this type of condition. Watering must be guaranteed constantly, avoiding subjecting the plant to long periods of drought. Even in spring, when the rains are frequent, it is still necessary to make sure that they are sufficient to keep the substrate wet. If this does not happen it is necessary to intervene in support. In summer these operations will obviously be even more frequent and abundant.
How to take care of it
If we want to grow Hibiscus Palustris at home we must choose the most suitable location. This plant can also grow in pots, despite its size, by choosing a large and deep container that can accommodate, in addition to the earthen bread from which we take it, also a stake to support it. We will be able to buy seeds in a specialized gardening shop, trying our hand at cultivation from scratch. Or it is possible to divide the tufts of an already adult specimen. Alternatively, you can go to the nursery and request Hibiscus Palustris, together with the information necessary to make it grow and develop at home. Be it for pot cultivation or open field cultivation, we will periodically remove the dried flowers to encourage ever new and healthy vegetation.
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For Hibiscus Palustris you need a loose and above all well-drained soil. In particular, good drainage is an indispensable condition for the success of cultivation. To reproduce the natural habitat of Hibiscus Palustris we will need very abundant watering. For this reason it is necessary that the excess water is able to drain without generating stagnations which would be dangerous for the health of the plant. During the soil preparation phase we will try to work the substrate as well as deeply. We will enrich the earth with organic fertilizer and let it absorb completely. The ph of the soil should be neutral and we can buy some common universal soil to insert it inside the pot. We will periodically add a little fertilizer to the water with which we water the earth, in order to help development and vegetation.
Hibiscus palustris: Exposure and adversity
Hibiscus Palustris must necessarily be placed in full sun. If we have opted for cultivation inside the pots we will have to place them in a garden plot where direct radiation comes for almost all day. It would be better to have an area where there is a natural water reserve, such as a small irrigation canal that would reproduce the optimal condition. It is important to avoid placing the plant behind a wall or obstacle that prevents rainfall from reaching the Hibiscus Palustris. In areas where winter is characterized by temperatures below zero it is advisable to take the pot to the shelter. The Hibiscus Palustris plant can be attacked by parasites and insects that fight with specific pyrethrum-based pesticide products.