Chinese hibiscus (popularly a Chinese rose) is a bright, spectacular plant that both attracts with its unusual beauty and repels negative beliefs. One of the most exciting questions is whether it is possible to keep this plant at home, in an apartment? Let's figure it out together. But besides the signs, this article will tell you what is the use of a Chinese rose for a person and what is its chemical composition, as well as whether the flower is poisonous, how it affects the body and how best to place it in an apartment.
Chinese hibiscus - evergreen shrub from the Malvov family... Reaches a height of 3 m. It has dark green smooth leaves. The birthplace of culture is South China and North India. The Chinese rose has nothing to do with the pink family. Flowers of bright saturated shades of this plant with a diameter of up to 16 cm became the reason for the second "telling" name.
For some reason, Chinese hibiscus is called the flower of death and it is believed that it cannot be grown in an apartment. This is due to the fact that in the homeland of the plant there is a sign: during the flowering of hibiscus buds, misfortune, illness or even death comes to the house.
Reference! Popular superstition is based only on the fact that the plant blooms in large single flowers of a blood-red frightening color.
According to the composition, hibiscus leaves are 70% carbohydrates, 15% protein, 5% fats and up to 10% in the total volume of ash, phosphorus and potassium. There is practically no protein in the fruits of the plant, there is a lot of fat and the number of carbohydrates also predominates.
Nutritional value of 100 g:
- Protein: 0.43 g.
- Fats: 0.65 g.
- Carbohydrates: 7.41 g.
- Macronutrients: potassium 9 mg, calcium 1 mg, magnesium 1 mg, phosphorus 3 mg.
- Trace elements: iron 8.64 mg, copper 0.073 mg, zinc 0.12 mg.
Benefits for the body
Hibiscus leaves and flowers are most commonly used as medicines. The seeds are necessary for the preparation of the extract used in cosmetology, pharmaceuticals and phytology. Hibiscus fruits, being high-calorie enough, are rich in vitamins and minerals (phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, niacin) useful and necessary for the body.
Is it worth growing on the window or not?
Today, the Chinese rose is widely used in horticulture. New varieties of this ornamental plant have been developed with flowers of different shades and sizes (for example, the Angel Wings variety is often used as a garden decoration). Hibiscus does not withstand too low and too high temperatures, so in Russia it is ideal as a houseplant. With proper care, the Chinese rose can grow beautifully even on northern windows.... The optimum temperature for growing a Chinese rose: in summer - 22 degrees, in winter - 15 degrees.
How poisonous is the flower?
Not everyone knows that "karkade" or red tea is nothing more than brewed Chinese rose petals. The plant has a number of medicinal properties. However, tea made from Chinese rose flowers is not recommended for people with high acidity of the stomach, gastritis. This contributes to the development of ulcers.
Important! Expectant mothers should also give up the use of karkade. Tea increases the tone of the uterus, which can cause premature birth and various complications.
How does hibiscus affect the human body?
Since ancient times, the Chinese rose has been used to treat many diseases and has a positive effect on overall health.
- General strengthening of the immune system.
- Anthelmintic effect and prevention of helminths.
- Normalization of blood pressure indicators.
- Antispasmodic action.
- Anti-inflammatory effect.
- Removal of toxins and toxins from the body.
- Hemostatic action.
- Anticonvulsant and bactericidal action.
- Antioxidant effect.
Plant in the interior: winning design options
In terms of floriculture, it is a pleasure to grow hibiscus at home.... This plant, with proper care, grows into a beautiful tree with amazing flowers. They do not last long - about 2 days, but new buds appear quite often.
So that households can always enjoy a beautiful and healthy plant, you need to choose a bright and spacious place in the apartment for it in advance. The best option is on the floor in the corner of the room. Hibiscus will green any room, it will perfectly fit into any interior and decorate it. Another option is to put the pot on a warmed loggia, creating an imitation of a winter garden.
Why can't it sometimes be bred at home?
Hibiscus also has several disadvantages. The plant can grow quite impressive for an ordinary apartment - up to 3 meters. Also, the stalk of a Chinese rose is quite expensive compared to other indoor flowers and is very often exposed to pests.
You can not keep hibiscus at home with allergies or individual flower intolerance. It is also not recommended to place the plant in homes where there are animals or small children. Generally the plant is not poisonous, and the decision on whether to grow and propagate it or not is made by the person himself.
Today, the Chinese rose, despite its beauty, can be found mainly in office and administrative buildings. I would like to believe that the bad fame about this beautiful plant will fade, and it will be possible to see it in the apartment of every grower.
We suggest you watch a video about the signs associated with hibiscus: