Confederate Rose

The first time I saw a confederate rose was in my father-in-law’s yard. I decided to find one for me and I did after several years looking around.  The confederate rose is actually an Hibiscus and grows as a shrub / tree. This plant is best grown in southern states – zones 9 and 10 in full sun. It starts blooming in late summer to early fall. I look forward to seeing these beauties every fall. The plant freezes down in the winter and returns the next spring. The stalks needs to be cut back in winter but i did not do that this past year and really not sure why. I have cut back every year until then. I had growth in the spring appearing on the stalks from the previous year. I will cut back any stalks that did not have any growth. It is best to  cut back after fall blooming. It keeps it maintained and from growing too tall.

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These blooms will change colors. The flowers start the day out white and by the end of the day they are a dark pink color. I planted this about 5+ years ago. I had no idea the blooms changed color when I planted this. I found out the first year it bloomed.  I left for errands one day and by the end of the day – they were pink!confederate-rose-whiteconfederate-rose-pink

Here is a care guide for the confederate rose and it also has instructions for rooting from a cutting. I was not aware of this until recently or I could have got a cutting from my father-in-law’s years ago.  I will be cutting many cuttings this year; just in case not all of them root. I had several requests for a cutting from family members as well. The cuttings are put in a large vase to root in water during winter months. It is planted in the following spring after frost.

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This is just starting to bloom. The blooms only last about a day but it is loaded with buds. The blooms leave a large seed pod after blooming. The seeds from this pod can be collected and planted. I am not certain how to do this yet but I will be trying this upcoming spring.

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