I have a few new blooms to post...
First up is Venetian Brick
Northern California Hibiscus
Soooo pretty! Love them all, especially that Sleeping Beauty, Energy Burst, and Creole Lady!
Wow, Dee. These are all stunning. Think High Voltage is my favorite but then I look at another one & think it is my favorite. Oh, heck, they are all favorites. Great photography too. Thanks for sharing with us.
They're great photos Dee. You've captured the colors excellently. The flower power of "Venetian Brick" looks great with all those blooms. The splash of colors on "Energy Burst" is great. "High Voltage" speaks for itself when it's blooming. Most every bloom has perfect form and shape.
Wow - all those varieties of Hibiscus, you must have a backyard that looks fantastic. Good to know that they can be grown in Northern Cal, as thats where I am as well. Do you put them in the hothouse over winter? Or do you have some other trick?
Thanks all for the comments.
Welcome to the forum ShepMike
All my plants are in pots and depending on their size were overwintered either in my home or on a deck which is protected from the elements. If you are interested in growing hibiscus there is an Armstrong Nursery in Novato that carries a number of Dupont Cajuns in 2 gallon pots in bud/bloom and they are currently on sale for $19.99. Let me know if you are interested in seeing what they have available and I can send you the list. If the local store doesn't have the variety you want in stock, they can order it for you. I recently picked up the Creole Belle, Stolen Kiss, Madame Dupont and Cajun Lady pictured above and have been wowed with a number of blooms already. For the price the 2 gallon size is a good buy and in your area will be able to withstand winter much easier than a smaller plant. :-)
Thanks guamsorbit, I always enjoy exploring nurseries. I'll definitely check out Armstrong Nursery - it's on my way home from work. I currently have five hisbiscus, which I need to over-winter every year along with my brugmansias. Its worth doing, but my hot-house is sure getting full....
Great collection! How big is your ventian brick? That is one prolific bloomer!
Thanks Gibberillins welcome to the forum. Venetian Brick is a couple feet tall now. I got it last year in a 6 inch pot and it is blooming like gangbusters. I love seeing multiple blooms on a plant. It makes the plant seem HAPPY :-)
Being in LA you're probably a customer of HVH. Have you ever gone to their open houses? What lovelies do you have?
Your Venetian Brick is really something!
I have been to HVH twice for open houses, but have many of their lovelies. My ever growing collection includes:
Rockets Red Glare
Creme de la Creme
Belle du Jour
The Right Stuff
My Blue Heaven
Geez I didn't realize I had so many, but now that I wrote them out I realize that I have a huge problem :P
I also just got: Shockwave, Strawberry Cream, Pinot Noir, Island Girl, and Raku during HVHs last update. I will take some pics when they all start blooming :)
What CVs do you have? Looks like you have a pretty nice collection going as well :)
LOL. If the number of hibiscus on that list is a problem, there are quite a few of us in big trouble!!!
I have some of the ones you listed and (to Jon's point) many more. I also lost more than I'd like to admit this past winter so I'm trying to replace some. Let me know if you'd like to trade wood as you have a couple CVs that I'm looking for :-)
I would be willing to trade some wood :) Let me know what you have and what you want :)
Here is a list of some of the one we have, this is just by memory I am sure I missed some.. And we have about 40 seedlings that haven't bloomed yet.
Over the Rainbow
Tahitian Purple Queen
Tahitian Purple Slendor
Dupont (un named )
eye of the Storm
Creme De la Creame
Creme de coca
Heart of my heart
Key Lime Pie
Lady in Waiting
and I am sure I missed some
Where do you put all of those to get them through the winter up North?
Are you up for trading wood too Patrick? You're getting quite a collection there!
Being that I only have babies right now, and that Im just starting out. I cant offer a trade, but would you be willing to give a cutting or two for $? I understand if you dont. Just thought I'd ask.
Kristen you're on my list for cuttings :-) Have you tried to root one yet? Hate to see you waste time and energy for naught.
It never seems like too many until winter comes and they have to come inside. We have 2 rooms in the back of the house and a empty bedroom upstairs that we use. It's like a forrest in winter time.
Patrick and Donna
Do you use grow lights in the winter or do they get enough light through the room windows to get them through the winter?
Hi John , we just use the Fluorescent lighting, it keeps them going but the only ones that bloom during winter are the ones that get sun light.
It seems like the garden varieties are the most reliable indoor bloomers for the cold months. At least that's what I've noticed. The garden varieties have been getting much more attention down here recently with collectors and at hibiscus shows. They've been winning some awards at shows and a new "garden variety" category has been created for entering blooms at our local chapters monthly hibiscus mini shows. One local nursery now has a very large selection of them with about 15 different varieties.
Interesting Jon...what garden varieties are winning? Has that opened the competitions up to new participants in the shows?
I do recall a Pride Of Hankins (typical root stock plant) winning a category at a Florida show this spring. There were a couple others also, but don't recall the names. Occasionally I'll watch the Hibiscus Show results on You Tube. That way you get to see video showing the actual winning blooms with their names. Just go to You Tube and type in "Hibiscus Show" in the search field. There are quite a few videos from various shows in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.
Patrick I'm batting my eyelashes, haha! I want on the cuttings list also! I'm going to try my hand this week with cuttings from a walmart hibiscus I've had for several years just to see if I can do it.