Peppermint Smoothie™ Althea
Hibiscus syriacus 'DS04PS' PP26551
Beautiful double bi-colored red and pink blooms adorn this medium sized shrub from mid to late summer. Matures at 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide growing upright with green serrated leaves. Easily adapts to various soil types, pHs, drought, pollution, etc.
For new plantings
1. Dig a hole one and a half times wider than the plant's container
2. Place plant in hole, keeping the top of the root ball ground level
3. Back fill with dirt
4. Water thoroughly and then mulch around the base to conserve moisture and reduce weeds
New plantings require more frequent watering than established plants. Wind, temperature and soil are factors to consider in watering.
Feed plants in early spring and again in early fall with an all-purpose fertilizer, following label instructions.
To care for an Althea plant, ensure it is planted in well-draining soil and receives full sun to partial shade. Water the plant deeply once a week, and fertilize it in the spring with a balanced fertilizer. Prune the plant in late winter or early spring to remove any dead or damaged branches and to promote healthy growth. To prevent diseases, avoid watering the foliage and remove any diseased leaves as soon as possible. Watch for pests such as Japanese beetles and aphids and treat them accordingly.