Hibiscus rosa-sinensis | Checkered Hibiscus ‘Rose Queen’ (aka Red Hot and Tricolor) rooted in pots
Checkered Hibiscus, also called Coopers Hibiscus, and Variegated Hibiscus, is an old type that is now making a comeback with a new audience. There are a trio of variegated foliage hibiscus plants and they are widely grown as an ornamentals for their tri-colored, brilliantly-variegated foliage which are splashed with either white and green, or white and green and pink. The more sun exposure/direct light, the brighter the variegation on the plants. Not only are the leaves spectacular, but beautiful blazing-red tropical flowers will bloom on new growth throughout the long-daylight season. The unusual green, pink and white variegation of the leaves adds great texture and interest even when it not in flower
This ‘Rose Queen’ variegated Hibiscus variety is a highly sought Tropical Hibiscus cultivar. It is one of the brightest of a bunch of vultivars with with true bi/tri-colored leaves of green, white, and bright pink. The difference between ‘Aussie Queen’ and the ‘Rose Queen’ is ‘Rose Queen’ has splashes of bright pink all over the leaves, while ‘Aussie Queen’ has more white leaves, some of which are nearly solid-white when new, and the pink coloring is limited to only the edges of the leaves. The difference between ‘Rose Queen’ and ‘Carnival’ is Carnival has variegation that is a softer pink and the variegation is typically more segmented on the leaves, rather than splashed’. Rose Queen grows quicker than Carnival.
Well suited for permanent potted culture as an indoor tropical houseplant, or can be grown outdoors as a perennial in zones 10+. Requires ample nutrients, regular moisture, and moderate amounts of sunlight.
Outdoor light exposure: Full sun
Indoor light exposure: Direct sunlight/high light
Mature height: 4 ft
Mature width: 3 ft
Hardiness zones: 10-11
- Price is for three cuttings (3)
- Each cutting is 4-8 inches long. May be single top or multi-top.
- Guaranteed to be green, healthy, and alive. Plus pest and pathogen free.
- Guaranteed to be true-to-name.
- Packages are shipped out on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY.
- If it’s believed the plants are not alive and healthy when you receive them you must let us know any concerns you have within 24 hours of arrival. If we do not hear any concerns within 24 hours it will be assumed that everything arrived in good standing. We cannot be held responsible for mishaps, errors, mistakes, or bad luck after this time frame.
How to prepare cuttings to root via rooting cubes inside a humidity dome.
- Upon arrival, give cuttings a new fresh cut on the bottom of the stem. Then set in a cup of water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- After soaking, gently cut or scrape small marks into the bottom portion of the plant stem (½ inch) with scissors or a razor blade.
- Dip the scarred end of the stem into rooting gel or rooting powder (gel is superior). This can be done without rooting gel, but results are not as good.
- Insert the plant stem into a rooting cube (Oasis cubes, grow plugs, soil-cubes, rock-wool cubes, etc) and place into a nursery tray with a humidity dome over the top. One cutting per cube. Custom individual humidity domes can be made using plastic cups and/or plastic cling wrap.
- After the first 3-5 days, the humidity dome should be opened up or set ajar to slowly allow more air in as the plants start to root. At this point, the cubes should be allowed to become mostly dry before adding any more water.
- Once 2-3 roots grow out of the bottom of the root-cube, the plant can be transplanted into soil.
- More detailed rooting instructions will accompany your order.