Hibiscus rosa sinensis
Rose of china , blacking plant or Chinese rose
Light and position :
In common with all flowering pot plants , the hibiscus needs very good light to retain its buds and go on to produce a satisfactory flowering . keep the plant away from draughts and maintain an even temperature .
The plant prefers an even moderate temperature of around 15C ( 59F ) although the range in which it can exist without problems is 13-18 C (55-65 F) . any radical change in the temperature to either end of the scale may damage the plant and cause the buds to drop
Water the plant well during dry weather and evenly all year round , allowing the top of the compost to dry before watering again . do not make the plant waterlogged or the roots will rot . when the plant is in bud , it benefits from a daily overhead spray .
The hibiscus does not do well in peaty compost . but will enjoy a soil – based potting mixture . pot the plant into a slightly larger pot each spring . it is not good practice to transfer a small , new plant into a large pot and wait for it to fill it