What Is A Snow Bush?
A snow bush (Hibiscus syriacus) is a small evergreen shrub or small tree native to Japan, Korea and China. It grows up to 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 feet. Its leaves are greenish-white at first but turn brown and eventually fall off completely when they drop from their branches. The flowers are white or pale pink and grow only once per year. They have four petals each and bloom in late spring or early summer.
Snow bushes do not require much water except during heavy rains, so they make excellent houseplants because they don’t need constant watering.
How To Grow A Snow Bush Indoors?
The plants need light to survive, but it doesn’t hurt them if you leave some lights on all day long. You can use a fluorescent bulb or even a candle to keep your plants happy.
If you want to grow snow bushes indoors, you’ll need to provide plenty of room for them. If you’re growing them outdoors, then you probably won’t have any problems with frost damage and will just need to make sure they get enough sunlight.
They like bright indirect light and are happiest in rooms where there’s lots of natural light coming through windows or doors. They can be placed in a bathroom where the moisture doesn’t bother them.
Don’t place them directly in front of an air-conditioning vent or below a ceiling fan, as this will dry out their leaves. If you notice any browning or curling of the edges of the leaves, move the plant further away from any heat source.
The soil must be kept moist at all times. You can let the soil dry out slightly between waterings, but never let it get bone-dry. The plant doesn’t need to be fertilized.
If you are using tap water, let it sit for at least 24 hours before watering because most municipality water contains chlorine and fluoride, both of which are harmful to plants.
A better choice is rainwater because it contains no additives. You can also use bottled water or water from a container that has been left out in the air for a few days so that the chlorine burns off.
If you’re using tap water, it’s best to let it sit out in an open container for a day before watering your plants. If the plant leaves turn brown, this means that there’s too much fluoride in the water. Try watering it with distilled water instead.
The soil should be moistened until it’s almost soggy, but not waterlogged. It should be able to drain freely.
The plant needs very little attention. All you need to do is occasionally remove any dead or yellowing leaves and discard them.
Just make sure that the plant gets at least 8 hours of sunlight every day and keeps its leaves humid.
Other than that, these plants are very low-maintenance and easy to grow. Once you see them start to bloom, they can last up to 2 months in a vase.
During dormancy, you can just place the plant in a cool dry location, but don’t forget to water it once every week to 10 days.
If you want to keep your plant going year-round, place it in an area that’s not exposed to extreme temperature changes, such as a garage or basement. Bring it into an enclosed room during spring and summer.
When fall comes around, you can place the container outdoors so that it gets plenty of sunlight.
Snow bushes are not picky about soil. They grow the best in soil that contains a lot of peat moss and some sand or humus, but they will grow just fine in potting soil that you buy from a garden store.
If your plant starts to look sickly, this may be due to the water you’re giving it. If this is the case, try watering it with distilled water to see if this perked it up a little bit.
If it doesn’t look good within a few days, you may have to throw it away and get a new one. Sometimes this will happen when you don’t tend to them as much as you should.
Remember that they require at least 8 hours of sunlight every day. If you don’t have the space to keep them outside, find a sunny window that it can be placed in.
One way to tell if your plant is getting enough sunlight is to look at its leaves. If they start to turn a brownish color, this means that it’s not getting enough sun.
If you discover this problem during the fall or winter months, it’s best to place it in a window where it will receive the most sun it can.
By summertime, you should see new growth and brighter green leaves. If not, then you might have to move it to another window that it will like better.
Healthy plants should be watered evenly. If the soil is dry, water it. Don’t let it get dried out because this could kill your plant.
If the leaves start to turn yellow and begin to fall off, this may be a sign that you’re over-watering it. Try cutting back on watering it and make sure that the soil is dry before watering it again.
Dead leaves or flower buds can be easily trimmed off with some scissors. You don’t want to take too much off or you may end up harming the plant.
Just remove the parts that are dead or dying and this should help it to grow new leaves and flowers.
You should also prune off any growing shoots because they tend to take away the energy that the plant needs for producing flowers. This will help it to keep blooming longer.
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