I just got my first hibiscus. No idea the name of it, but it was growing in the yard across the street. The jerk that used to own the property had cut the bush down and than kept it mowed over. I was wondering if it would grow back. Well, it is growing back and there were 4 babies to one side of it, so the current own said I could have them. So I dug them up and now have them potted. He also let me dig up some baby snowball bushes that were growing around the adult plant in his back yard.
I just hope my baby blooms this year. If not than I'll get picture of momma when she blooms.
Kevin came over to visit with sissy now that she is home from the hospital and I shared 1 of the baby hibiscus with him. Also gave him a Black Walnut seedling and a couple of the cuttings of curly willow that I received.
I had collect black walnuts at a friends house and laid them out in the yard to dry. Only problem was suddenly I had squirrels helping themselves, now I have black walnut seedlings popping up all over the yard from the squirrels burying the nuts. I thought they where taking them home. No such luck. Goofy darn things!!
My new babies are growing well. The biggest one is over 18 inches tall. The other 3 were just 6- 8 inches tall. I gave one to a new DG'er that also lives in Somerset and he and his wife came over to visit. Also the baby snowball bushes are growing nicely.
I read Hibiscus patents and have noticed that it is quite common to clam, as one of features for a new Hibiscus cultivar, that the plant self branches. I know that in many Hibiscus species branching is not that common and you do have to pinch. In the case of the Texas Start (Hibiscus coccineus), which is a species, there is almost no branching unless you pinch. Before you start pinching, observe the Hibiscus plant to determine how much branching occurs naturally.
In addition to increasing flower production, pinching keeps the Hibiscus from growing too tall, which reduces the potential for wind damage. I clone stem cuttings and pinching greatly increases the opportunity to select useful cuttings.
I never had a clue about pinching, glad I found this thread. I have two hardy hibiscus, that generally begin to show signs of life this weekend, then bloom for most of the month of August. They only get about 3-4' tall and are somewhat protected from wind by my arborvitaes that are behind them, so height is not an issue. I may pinch one this year, and not the other, and see what happens.~j
I've heard if you pinch back a hardy once it starts for the season you will get it to branch and in the end get more flowers. However having said that if you do it to late you maynot get flowers. Just depends on the season length you have. I for one never pinch my hardies, and get a ton of flowers. Even when started from seed the end of may I will see a flower or twoby seasons end. Of course the ones from seed are just one stem that season, but they sure come up the next year with many many more stems.
My problem is that I was given the seeds off of a plant I've never seen and the woman who gave them to me has never seen the plant in bloom...so...I have mystery plants. The plant they came from was in her friend's yard and she just gave me the seeds and said "see if you can germinate them and if you do just give me a couple plants." They all germinated and all are about 6" tall now. I'm assuming I'll have to wait until they bloom to know exactly what I have, right? And the reason I assumed they're hardy is because of what the seeds looked like which was a little black ball and after I googled that's what they resembled. I soaked them overnight in water and planted them and they came up great. I have some in the yard in various places, some still in pots and some gave to friends so the experiment continues...
Seeds that are little black balls could be a lot of things...first thing that comes to mind for me is 4 o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/1426/ If you post some pictures either now or as the seedlings get a little older someone can probably tell you whether they're hibiscus or not.
So if these are hibiscus and they are hardy, with the branching that they're showing, should I pinch or wait until next year? Wait until I see if they die back to the ground? I love this, learning is so fun! Thank you for helping us!
Thanks Smurf!! And now everybody, now that I know it's a hardy hibiscus, do I fertilize every 7 to 10 days too? And can I use Fish Emulsion for the fertilizer? When do I start fertilizing? Oh so many questions!!!
I agree, I never fertilize them. The one thing I do have a problem is with sawflies. They start out like a little green inch worm, then turn into a bug that has a black body and a orange reddish head. O, actually its the other way around, fly first, then worm. They will eat every leaf into swiss cheese. I spray Bayer, Rose and flower insect killer on it. Works like a charm for a month.
I just added my second Hibiscus to my yard.
It is called "Summer Storm" It has black to purple maple like foliage, blooms are deep pink to rose colored with a dark red center. Blooms from mid July thru fall. I can hardly wait for my hibiscuses to bloom. But I did find a picture of Summer Storm. What do you think?