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perrenial hibiscus 'Kopper King'

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Joanne04-Jul-01 04:56 PM EST 5a   
Arne05-Jul-01 01:08 AM EST   
14-Jun-04 06:23 AM EST 4a   

Subject: perennial hibiscus 'Kopper King'
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Jul-01 04:56 PM EST

I'm looking for some care info on this plant. I purchased it at a local nursery that often has new varieties of perennials. The accompanying card gave me some basic planting info, but I'd like to know if anyone has had experience growing this variety. I'd also like to know its full scientific name.

Subject: RE: perrenial hibiscus 'Kopper King'
From: Arne
Date: 05-Jul-01 01:08 AM EST

HIBISCUS moscheutos ‘Kopper King’ (Common Rose Mallow)developed by FLEMING'S FLOWER FIELDS of Lincon Nebraska. Grows 4 - 8'. All perennial hibiscus prefer to be grown in evenly moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or light shade. In my experience plants can't tolerate heavy, wet soil (such as clay) over the winter. If you have this type of soil I recommend mounding the plant in order to keep it's roots out of heavy winter water. Once established they have extensive root systems and are very drought tolerant. In too much shade plants become leggy and more sucseptible to insect damage ie. Japanese beetles find the foliage delicious. Very large plants can be divided with a backhoe, or take stem cuttings, which root quickly, in summer.

Subject: RE: perrenial hibiscus 'Kopper King'
Zone: 4a
Date: 14-Jun-04 06:23 AM EST

Has anyone had any success with these in colder zones? I purchased two last year and had beautiful blooms. I overwintered them the same way as my roses and neither of them survived. My roses are all alive and well.

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