Kitaibelia vitifolia grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Kitaibelia also known as Vine-leaved Kitaibelia or Russian hibiscus, Kitaibelia vitifolia perennial evergreen plant or possible to grow it as annual plant, used as ornamental plant, can grow in temperate or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-9 and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.
Leaves color green in heart shape mostly lobed with serrated margins.
How to grow Kitaibelia vitifolia growing and care:
Well drained soil, rich soil, organic material
How to care: Add fertilize at least once, put mulch to keep the soil moist, organic matter and humus, prune once a year, add water a lot of water when the temperature above 38C (100F)
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting
How to propagate by cutting: Propagating by cutting better to start in the early spring or with temperature of 15-26C (59-79F) and better before the plant start to grow after the dormant, better to choose stems that not going to bloom, requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth, highly recommend to use green house (or small plastic box with holes) it will take few weeks.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but with cutting ensure the color of the flower and the size of the plants, not hard to start by seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive, flowers burn in heat waves
Recommended planting season? Winter, spring, simmer (in hardiness zone 10b better not in the summer and better in the winter to early spring)
How to plant: Dig hole bigger 50% more than the roots ball, add to the hole, organic matter, dead leaves and hummus put back some soil and mix it, after this put the plant cover lightly but strong enough that won’t fall put support for the plant if needed, if the plant is not stable consider to prune, water it twice in the first day and every day for two weeks, in winter no need to put a lot of water and need to wait for the spring to put everyday water, and in the summer need to put big amount of water until the plant growing at least 5 new leaves.
Pests and diseases: Aphids, mealy bugs
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Just for design, dead part and inner branches that not blooming
Size of the plant: 1-1.5m, 3-5 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full sun / Half shade (in hardiness zone 10a must grow in half shade)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in pots, planter, flowerpot or containers: Yes, when growing in pot need 50% bigger than the roots ball, every time that switch the container to bigger switch some of the soil to new soil until arrive to the desirable container size, after that every few years better to switch part of the soil and cut some roots, no need to take the plant out just from the side of the container, can grow in container of 10-20L (2-4 gallons) and can grow in bigger, soil can be potting soil, mixture of peat soil and perlite or other light mixed soil, water it regularly and care when put bottom for the pot be aware not to let the water stay there too many days, need to add humus, organic matter, fertilizer and mulch to cover the soil to keep it moist.
Bloom season? Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower: Bowl shaped flower in white color, each petal in fan shape, between the petals there is void and when the flower not full opens it is create star shape