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French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus

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French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus is a sterile hibiscus with double flowers that start with dark pink buds and open to a delicate blush pink buds and open to a delicate blush pink with shades of white. Large, double, pom-pom flowers bloom profusely from July to October adding texture and complementary color to match any landscape. With an upright habit, French Cabaret™ Blush makes a lovely informal hedge or adds a vertical element to draw the eye through a landscape. Heat and drought tolerant and adapted to alkaline soils, this variety does well in most landscapes in Zones 5-8. Bred by Minier Nursery in France.

Plant Attributes

The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus, also known as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'French Cabaret™ Blush', is a stunning tropical plant admired for its large, showy flowers and lush foliage. This beautiful cultivar is a member of the Malvaceae family and is native to East Asia. It has gained significant popularity among gardeners and plant enthusiasts due to its eye-catching appearance and relatively easy care requirements. Here are some key attributes of this striking plant.

Appearance: The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus produces large, double-layered flowers that are typically 4 to 6 inches in diameter. These blossoms boast a delicate blush pink hue, with a deeper pink to red center, giving the plant a distinctive and elegant appearance. The petals are ruffled and slightly overlapping, creating a full and luscious look. In addition to the stunning flowers, this hibiscus variety also features dark green, glossy leaves that provide a perfect backdrop for the vibrant blooms.

Growth Habit: This hibiscus cultivar generally grows as a compact, bushy shrub, reaching heights of 4 to 6 feet and spreading approximately 3 to 4 feet in width. The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus is well-suited for small gardens, patios, and container planting, where it can be used as a focal point or a striking accent.

Light Requirements: The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus thrives in full sun to partial shade. It requires a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and flowering. Too little sunlight may result in reduced blooming or leggy growth.

Water and Soil: This hibiscus variety prefers consistently moist, well-draining soil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering may result in wilting and dropped buds. The ideal soil pH for the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus is between 6.0 and 6.5, which ensures optimal nutrient availability.

Temperature and Hardiness: The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus is a tropical plant and is sensitive to cold temperatures. It is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. In colder climates, it can be grown as an annual or potted and brought indoors during winter months to protect it from frost.

Pests and Diseases: This hibiscus variety can be susceptible to common pests like aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites. Regular inspection and prompt treatment can help prevent infestations. Diseases such as fungal leaf spots and root rot can also affect the plant, but these can be mitigated through proper care, including good air circulation and well-draining soil.

Landscape Use

The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus, with its stunning flowers and attractive foliage, offers numerous landscaping uses that can enhance the beauty of your outdoor space. Here are some ways you can incorporate this lovely plant into your landscape design:

  1. Focal Point: The large, double-layered flowers and lush foliage of the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus make it an excellent focal point in any garden. Plant it as a standalone specimen in a well-visible location, where its striking blooms can draw attention and admiration.
  2. Mixed Borders: This hibiscus variety can be effectively used in mixed borders alongside other flowering shrubs, perennials, or annuals. The plant's blush pink blooms create a soft and harmonious color palette when combined with plants featuring shades of white, purple, blue, or other shades of pink.
  3. Container Gardens: The compact growth habit of the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus makes it an ideal choice for container gardening. Plant it in a large, decorative pot and place it on your patio, balcony, or near an entrance to add a touch of tropical elegance to your space. When grown in containers, the plant can be easily moved indoors during colder months in regions where it is not winter-hardy.
  4. Poolside Landscaping: The tropical appearance of this hibiscus cultivar makes it a perfect addition to poolside landscaping. Its vibrant flowers and glossy foliage create a lush, resort-like atmosphere, and its preference for moist soil makes it well-suited for planting near water features.
  5. Privacy Screen or Hedge: Plant several French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus shrubs in a row to create an attractive privacy screen or hedge. Its dense foliage provides a visual barrier, while the abundance of flowers adds an extra layer of aesthetic appeal.
  6. Coastal Gardens: This hibiscus variety is tolerant of salt spray, making it suitable for coastal gardens. Plant it in a seaside landscape to create a tropical oasis, even in a salt-laden environment.
  7. Wildlife Gardens: The French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus attracts pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds, providing them with a valuable nectar source. Incorporate this plant into a wildlife-friendly garden to support local ecosystems and create a lively, dynamic outdoor space.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus involves providing the right conditions for growth and ensuring its needs are met throughout the growing season. Here are some essential guidelines for planting and maintaining this beautiful plant:

  1. Planting location: Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade, ensuring the plant gets at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Make sure the area has well-draining soil, as the hibiscus will not tolerate standing water or overly saturated conditions.
  2. Soil preparation: Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, peat moss, or well-rotted manure, to improve drainage and nutrient content. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5 for optimal nutrient availability.
  3. Planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and slightly deeper than the root ball of your French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Fill the hole with soil, gently firming it down around the roots to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly to help the soil settle.
  4. Watering: Maintain consistently moist soil throughout the growing season, watering deeply and regularly, especially during hot or dry periods. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. A layer of mulch around the base of the plant can help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
  5. Fertilizing: Feed the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer, or a fertilizer specifically formulated for hibiscus, following the package instructions for application rates and frequency. Fertilizing every 4-6 weeks during the growing season will encourage healthy growth and abundant flowering.
  6. Pruning: Prune the hibiscus in early spring, before new growth begins, to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Remove any dead or damaged branches, and trim back the previous year's growth by about one-third. Regularly deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooming.
  7. Pests and diseases: Inspect your French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus regularly for signs of pests such as aphids, whiteflies, or spider mites, and treat promptly with appropriate control methods. Ensure proper air circulation and avoid excessive moisture to prevent fungal diseases such as leaf spots and root rot.
  8. Overwintering: In USDA hardiness zones 5-8, the French Cabaret™ Blush Hibiscus can remain outdoors year-round. In colder regions, consider growing it in a container and bringing it indoors during winter months. Place it in a bright location with temperatures between 60-75°F (16-24°C), and reduce watering and fertilizing until spring.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 5-8'
  • Width: 4-7'
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Foliage: Dark Green

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