Pink Hibiscus, the state flower of Hawaii, is a beautiful bloom. This perennial favorite comes in different shapes and sizes. They have single and double petals and vary in size from small to ten or twelve inches in height.
The "Lady Baltimore" varieties cost about $15 and are in great demand. They add color to the household and are ideal as decor for parties. The pink Hibiscus is very popular among photographers and painters who sell their work commercially. There are many products like jewelry, bed linen and swimsuits that are based on a pink Hibiscus theme.
Among pink Hibiscus, there are different groups such as Anisodontea scabrosa, Hibiscus syriacusa, Hibiscus moscheutos and Hibiscus mutabilis(Confederate rose). Each has its own characteristics and the shades of pink differ. The Anisodontea scabrosa is a dwarf variety that does well indoors. It has one inch, three-lobed flowers. Hibiscus geranioides has pink tubular flowers. It is quite common and can be planted in pots. Pavonia hastata has a pale pink flower with a crimson "eye." Hibiscus syriacus(Rose of Sharon) has double pink flowers. Hibiscus splendens, of Australian origin, can grow up to 6m. A popular landscaping species, the Alyogyne huegelii can be grown in semi-barren places.
When planting any variety of Hibiscus, keep in mind that it is basically a tropical plant that loves sunlight but can tolerate temperate climates. Certain kinds are capable of withstanding a fair amount of frost and freezing. Saplings generated from seeds may not produce the same type of flowers as the mother plant, whereas cuttings will have identical characteristics. In many varieties, flowering goes on all year.
Hibiscus flowers, saplings, rooted cuttings, planting materials and pots are available through florist shops and nurseries. For fertilizers, pesticides etc. seek advice and follow the label instructions.