Silk, this is my hardy hibiscus that I have had for over 15 years. I have over 10 different varieties now growing in my garden that are in their second year. I also have about 30 babies in my holding garden I purchased on a cubits co op. Mine always put out a single stalk with about 10 blooms on each stalk. That is on the one that is 15 years old. I moved it to our new home 8 years ago. This year it has about 20 stalks. I would be very nervous cutting back but next year I will try it on a couple of stalks to see what happens. I just plant them close and then they spread. I just lucked out starting with hardy hibiscus with a gift from my father. I had only one until last year when I found there are many new varieties. There are also varieties that have very colorful leaves to keep interest in the garden when they are through blooming.
WormsLovSharon, I am curious as to why you say you would be nervous cutting back the stalks on a hardy hibiscus? Where I live they are meant to be cut back every year, they die back in the winter. You cut the dead stalks off and they sprout fresh from the ground ever year, bigger and better than ever, with more, and stronger stalks, bigger and better flowers...
Heres a picture of the hardy hibiscus in the yard across the street from me. It gets no care from the jerk that lives there and if he can he mows some of it down whenever he can. I collected seeds from it last year when he cut it down and threw it over the fence. Now I have about 25 seedlings growing.
Now that he is selling out to move back to Florida, I hope someone who likes to garden moves in there.
The pinching technique that Moby linked to should work for any H. moscheutos--it's not specific to the cultivar in the article. But make sure you're pinching rather than doing a lot of pruning--even pinching will delay flowering a little bit so if you do too much pruning you may not give them enough time to bloom before they die back for the winter.
OK, I am confused but that is not abnormal. I will read about the pinching a few more times and then come back with questions. I have about 20 different varieties of Hardy Hibiscus but have always settled for their single stalk. Each of my plants have multiple stalks.
haha, Sharon, I am confused too! you say your Hardy's have single stalks? And then each of your plants have multiple stalks? I am trying to build a mental picture here...I have about 5 years experience with Hardy's but am not really book smart...mine usually put out about 8-10 stalks strait from the ground. What do you mean when you say single stalks please? I am trying to learn more
Looks the same but that does not mean anything about plants. I have had the plant for over 15 years. I moved some of it when we built this home. I have no idea the name. How did you get the seeds to germinate. I tried with no luck.
I just took a 4 inch pot with planter mix and sprinkled some seeds on top of the soil, pressed them in a little and watered. Than I keep it in the bathroom, I did not realize that I had put that many seeds in there, but I have about 20 little seedlings.
Thanks. That was great info. Here is a bloom from this morning. I will have to move to a more sun filtered area because by noon yesterday the bloom had closed. That is not bad news, just gives me more area for my new Irises. Bad news is the area they need to be moved to needs to be dug and then amended. I had the gardeners thin out the African Sumac branches away from the patio to stop the constant mess and when I did that I allowed our 110 degree sun to shine directly on the plants. I did not even think about that at the time. Live and learn. It is unfortunate that they are blooming the same time as our heat wave.
Actually I have 30 babies in my holding garden I purchased from a close out co op on cubits. And I have about 10 I purchased last year from Plants Delights that are blooming right now. I really do not need any more, just wanted to see if I could do it. But thank you so much for asking.
Moby, now that's a bush! How beautiful. At what point did you start pinching? When the plant had so many sets of leaves or got to be a certain height? Before it put out buds? I have a few hardies that are just starting to get some size and I'd like a bushy plant like yours but don't want to delay the blooms since it is already the middle of July.
Alright, I am convinced but now I am from Missouri and you have to show me how. If the 18" stalk has 10 sets of leaves, how many and where do I take them off. I am assuming you take them off on the outside to encourage growth outward. I am anxiously waiting because I have at least 10 new varieties and I will do this next spring. And I have about 30 new babies I got from a co op buy out from a grower on Cubits. Thank you so much in advance.