Earlier this year, I visited Southbank’s Epicurious Garden. It was here I was given some cranberry hibiscus cuttings. These cuttings were tough. They survived a walk back in the heat, a weekend left in a cup of water and a car trip back home. I wasn’t sure if they would strike but they did.
Cuttings are something that I would like to do more of. By using this technique you can propagate plants straight from your garden. This allows you to have a plant that is true to the parent plant, saves you money and I always get that feeling of how cool nature is when I see cuttings put down roots and grow.
I thought that I may have left the cuttings in their pots for too long. Their roots had grown through the bottom of the pot! Some were quite leggy when I finally popped them into the ground. But I have found out that they are a quick growing tall plant (can grow to 1.7m high).
They did get tall in the ground. I watched them get taller and start to droop. I told myself that I needed to stake the tallest plant. My procrastination had consequences. This plant was snapped in half by strong winds – natures way of pruning! One plant being snapped in half was the motivation I needed to stake the other plants.
Cranberry hibiscus is a plant that will get bushy with pruning so the tops of these plants will be snipped soon. These plants were put in as a border so the bushier the better.
Cranberry hibiscus leaves are pretty and are a deep shade of burgundy. Their leaf shape and colour is what made me want to grow them in my garden. I also like that they are an edible plant. Although, I haven’t munched on any of the leaves yet or used the flowers to make tea, it is handy to know I can if I want to.
Their flowers are typical of hibiscus. Large crepe like petals and remind me of the tropics! It makes for a lovely view mid-morning when the flowers are out.
Where my cranberry hibiscus is growing gets the morning sun. The soil is well drained. There is comfrey, curry plant, mizuna and kale growing near it and it is doing fine.
How about you – Do you have Cranberry Hibiscus in your garden? We would love to hear about it – please share in the comments below.
If you would like a Hibiscus Syrup Recipe, then check out the Edible Plant Project’s recipe.