Hibiscus – Lil’ Kim® Red
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Fun Facts Rose of Sharon is related to okra and the plant used to make marshmallows.
Small / Miniature
Rose of Sharon are very easy to grow - plant in full sun for best flowering. Pruning is rarely needed, but early spring is the best time to prune if you'd like to do so. These plants are very long-lived.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 2
Fertilization 200 - 300
Light Requirements Medium, High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 60 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Spring to Fall Finish, 1 ppp
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Hibiscus are a genus that really benefits from a light pruning since a hard or traditional shearing will shut them down for 3-4 weeks.
Pest and Disease Management
Aphids, Whiteflies and thrips can be problematic
Say hello to the first dwarf Rose of Sharon! Lil' Kim is unique little shrub with dainty little white flowers punctuated with a showy red eye. The plant appear to be a polyploid because it has thick, dark green leaves and the flowers last for three days instead of the typical one day before falling. Be sure to add supplemental micronutrients to your fertilizer solution for best results. Hibiscus are very heavy feeders, light colored foliage coloration and yellowing of veins is an indication for underfeeding. Yellowing in the veins can be an indicator of underfeeding. Best if planted in well-drained soil. Does not like to be extremely wet or dry. Prune in late winter or early spring and apply a shrub fertilizer in early spring for the best show of flowers. Has moderate growth habit.