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i'm "new" to hibiscus gowning coming from a zone 4...this has curly leaves and the flower is curly! i got it at an open market and the man didn't know what it was?? i'm certain someone will know...please!
I am not an expert but I will try to help you. It seems that the mass produced tropical hibiscus like Walmart, Lowe's and open markets carry are not named cultivars...Cultivars can only be reproduced by grafting and are more expensive. Others can be reproduced by seeds but the colors are never true to the parent. They are just generic tropical hibiscus. Someone please tell me if I'm incorrect.
actually this vendor has some of the most unique cultivators i have seen since logees...however, out on the open market square. i grabbed this one...and actually had to "covet" it...as the booth was extremely crowded with those knowing what a nice find this was. ( picked up 3 others that logee's now has as well from the same vendor).
this particular market has some of the most unusual orchids and plants about...so, i have never seen any similar in home depot or lowes...walmart...they are all basically the same cultivators..although on occasion i have found an "odd" something at home depot.
Karen, just to clarify, if you are trying to replicate a cultivated variety it's possible to grow them from rooted cuttings as well as by grafting. Some CVs don't grow well on their own root or root well so they are propagated by grafting onto root stock. It is also possible to grow hibiscus from seed however this is where the seedlings will not be true to the parent.
Tobee, it is possible that this is a named variety that I'm not familiar with and someone else might know it. It is also possible that the vendor cultivated it themselves, named it but didn't register it or any variation between those two. As long as you love it that's all that matters. Besides, then you can call it whatever you like :-)
thanks guam...so much appreciate the info...it's not a great picture of the colors...it's intense yellow with veins of bright red throughout. i truly have never seen any like it b4. and although, i have never used them in my personal gardens as i just moved from a zone 4 to a zone 9b...it's finally nice to add a few here and there.
i am always loving and looking for the strange and unusual and apparently, this grower has done a fine job. the other i got for him the only place i have seen those cultivars were, in fact, at logees.
ahhhhhh...no, i would never name something i have not cultivated or raised myself!!! i really don't even know her personality!! LOL...i have two coleus i was able to name through my 20 plus years of being a grower, designer of gardens..but even in the greenhouses i never would take the room for the lovely hibiscus, as it was not a big seller in my area nor incorporated into my designs for that reason.
A few years ago the browns/greens (think baby poop) were very big.
hehehe...RIGHT!! now i reconize the color!!
i want a blue!!!!!...HATE paying for it at logee's
had some hardy hibiscus when the first tree rose of sharons blues came out i had a few up north...glad to see i was able to find them much cheaper here. i put a few here, because of this past winter (r first here)...we had 18 days of below freezing temps i lost so much but the worse was... we lost what the horticulturist i worked with for some many years...referred to as...the "holy grail" it was an almost all white albino Furcraea...didn't bring it in...after all it's florida isn't it????...after having it over 5 years up north in the SNOW...and lost it in florida!!
You mean like this Blue Bayou? Actually, it had more lavender in it but the camera saw it this way, no photoshopping.
You were lucky to have your albino plant for 5 years, they rarely last long without the ability to photosynthesize. I have 3 variegated false agaves and they do not like the cold but with a bit of protection (blankets thrown over them on the coldest nights) they made it.
ardesia...can i please have that!! LOL!!! that is absolutely beautiful!
i know the cold hardy ones that bloomed up north were in fact really blue...i think i'll stick with the baby poop one then..LOL!!!...how could one possibly be disappointed knowing what color to expect from that one!
i don't know what it is, but blue flowers of any sort have always fascinated me!
I know that Barry Schlueter's Hibiscus can be found at Home Depot & Lowe's. They are sold in Texas from Hine's Nursery & are called the Bahama Bay series. He told me to ask the managers at the garden centers to stock them & if they said they couldn't to watch their nose grow. Have done that & have found a few by doing that. Seems like he told me you could get them in Tx, Al, La & Ga but not Fla. Don't really know about any of the other states. Have also found some of the Dupont Cajun plants at Home Depot in Dallas but not Fort Worth...yet. They need to be educated to what we WANT & I call & tell the managers what I'm looking for. It's worth a phone call to try it. They are really nice big plants...2.5 or 3 gallon size pots & blooming. Its so exciting to make a "good find"! Of course I need a flower fix pretty often so I may have to make a trip to Dallas soon. Stay cool.
You are correct, his plants are available as the Bahama Bay series in some HD's but for some reason they are not available at all in many areas. I think the only place you can find them in GA is in Atlanta and we can't get them at all in SC and only a few areas in FL can find them. Bahama Bay is owned by Hines Horticulture which used to distribute shrubbery to SC big boxes but you can't find their hibiscus. I have asked the managers, many times over, but certain patented plants are difficult to get. You Texans are fortunate to be able to find the pretty ones.
We don't find them that easy in Ft Worth but Dallas which is 30 miles away gets a lot more "good" plants. Have a friend over there who emails me when he finds something. Don't usually like to drive in Dallas as I get lost as a goose but I have. The urge to have my Hibiscus fix is stronger than my fear of getting lost. Naturally.