What are the pros? It makes a great pot plant
What are the cons? Takes too long to produce here
For this area, I prefer to grow these in large pots as ornamentals which I bring indoors for a year round harvest of flowers, as long as they are kept watered and fed. I like to let them grow up straight and tall in one shoot, then start trimming them off to use the straight shoots for fiber. It forms a tree like formation when I do it right, or a vigorous shrub when I don't. Keeping it trimmed back constantly also forces it to constantly produce new growth and flowers and calyxes, which I harvest for tea. I like having them as potted plants which keep me in a steady small supply of hibiscus for tea and jam. In my garden, they got HUGE! Almost treelike...but barely had time to produce any calyxes before the freeze killed them. Took a freeze though...they were still toughing it out with the first frosts.
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