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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8796563

Have not been able to get my photos that I have been taking all summer of my blooms. Now that I have had some time, here we go. Bear with me... It may take a while.

This one I dedicate to John, for he is the reason I got this one... Misbehavin. If you can get your hands on this one, DO IT~! It is amazing!!!!!

~Kristen

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8796566

Along with Misbehavin, Vin Extraordinaire is also my favorite. Neither is an easy one to get ahold of I think. I love them!

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8796569

Since Im on a roll for my favorites, here is Blue Ballerina. I should have named this topic My Favorites!

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8796843

One bloom so far from Bienvenue.


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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8796844

Good morning City Slicker

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8796846

City Slicker on day two.

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8796849

Another unbeatable new favorite of mine... thank you Mike... Erin Rachel

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:10 PM

Post #8796851

An extremely blue and brilliant My Blue Heaven.

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8796853

This is more the typical look I get from My Blue Heaven. Photo taken in the heat. Last photo was taken after Hurricane Irene and the temps are much cooler.

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:12 PM

Post #8796854

Bienvenue... again, thanks Mike

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8796856

Belle du Jour... Awesome!

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8796858

Gabriel

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8796859

Misbehavin, Vin Extraordinaire, & Love Story

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8796861

A dramatic Moonstruck... giant bloom, crazy lighting...

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8796863

Sleeping Beauty in the morning

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:17 PM

Post #8796864

Sleeping Beauty on day two

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:20 PM

Post #8796867

I think this is Stolen Kiss... or Bette Evans... What do you think?

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8796872

A constant bloomer Thanksgiving.

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:24 PM

Post #8796878

Zoey... like at 2". First bloom

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8796879

Group shot 1

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8796880

Group shot 2

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8796881

Group shot 3

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:27 PM

Post #8796884

Two favorites, Ruby Tuesday & Cindy's Heart

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8796886

Morning Voodoo Queen & Rum Runner

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8796887

same two blooms, but in the afternoon

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8796891

Gator Pride

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8796892

An absolute favorite, Ruby Tuesday

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:31 PM

Post #8796894

Morning Rum Runner

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:32 PM

Post #8796896

Another favorite Space Oddity

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8796900

Saffron loving it up!

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 8, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8799157

Lovely images... What a blast of colors.

I am not sure how Betty Evans looks like, but my Stolen Kiss looks a little different than the image you posted. The link is posted below.

http://hibiscusforum.com/media/kunena/attachments/85/StolenKiss.jpg

The morning City Slicker is just gorgeous, no doubt he is slick rascal :)

Looks like you are having a blast.
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

September 8, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8799260

Absolutely beautiful! What do you do with them during the winter?
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 8, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8800063

Thanks Maj... I am having a blast for sure! Glad to see blooms. My plants were all babies last year, some still are, so not too many blooms until now!

GA, I stuff them into every crevis I can find that the sunlight hits in my house. Im not gonna lie... its not always pretty... and this year I have MANY more, and they all GREW a TON! I caught my husband counting them the other day... that can't be good... :O)
MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 8, 2011
9:37 PM

Post #8800086

Kristen,
You just have a breathtaking collection. Next time you prune, I would like to beg some wood of Misbehavin and Vin Extraordinaire. Can't find them anywhere on sale. I don't have that big a collection to offer you anything in exchange except postage and whatever you think is fair. Most of my plants were bought this year, so they are still babies. Otherwise, I would have at least tried. Well, Mrs. Jimmy Spangler and Creole Lady will get some pruning later in the year, so let me know if they catch your fancy.

Thanks.
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 9, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8800879

Bulbpit, as always you have a spectacular show. We love the pics.
stplong
Huber Heights , OH
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2011
10:57 PM

Post #8801721

Hi Kristen,

All your blooms look great, for some reason I thought Vin Extraodinaire was a mini your's looks huge. About what size is it?


Patrick and Donna

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 11, 2011
8:33 PM

Post #8804376

Patrick, VE is about 6-6.5" in these photos, which is big for this cv. It is typically a 5-6" bloom, here is the info http://www.hiddenvalleynaturearts.com/acatalog/vinextraordinaireinfo.html
It seems pretty happy in CT. I hear it is a slow bloomer, but I have had it only a month and had 4 blooms on it. Once they all passed, I thought it would be a bit for another, well, I now have 4 or 5 more buds forming! It is also growing nicely. This is one that will need to be in my parents home to winter as my home only stays in the 60's all winter. It is the one cv that will not like the low temps, to the point that it will probably die. VE is so hard to get, I couldn't take that. My parents home is SUPER bright year round (live on the beach) and they keep it warm, like most people... haha!

Maj, thanks for the offer. I was in your shoes one year ago. I know how it feels to see everyone's beautiful blooms and want them all! Believe me. I am compulsive, so now I have too many! haha.. That being said, I have both cv's that you offer. And I would be more then happy to give you wood from both of these, however, having only started my collection last year, they too are still too small to cut. (not to mention that VE will not propagate easily, which is why there are not too many around, pretty sure it needs to be grafted carefully)

Peg, thanks for the wonderful compliment!
~Kristen
MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 12, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8805134

Kristen,

Great collection and you are correct, it makes one want more :)

Have fun.
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 19, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8815317

Nice collection of photos Kristen. You must be pleased with your collection. Having a year or two of experience with them now makes things so much easier, doesn't it. I still have Misbehavin" in my collection as well. Not one to remove if trying to keep your number of plants under control.
Jon
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 19, 2011
8:18 PM

Post #8815698

Hi Jon,

Long time!! How is everything? No, Misbehavin is never leaving me! I made a list of 10 that I will keep forever if it comes down to really downsizing. It is a great one! Do you know if it roots on its own? Or is it one that needs to be grafted?
amorecuore
Ft Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8818218

Hi Kristen. Not sure about 'Misbehavin'. Everyone seems to grow plants for purchase on root stock. That means very little personal knowledge would be available. Only people that would know would be thehybridizer or anyone growing from rooted cuttings. I am doing alright. I moved about a month ago from a western suburb 12 miles west of Ft Lauderdale, into Ft Lauderdale. Took some of the hibiscus and dug up, divided and moved all my Daylilies. Need to get things settled because our winter gardening season will begin in a month or so. So many more choices on what to grow at anytime from October thru April.
Jon
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8819160

Lucky you, amoerecouore. Wish we had great winter weather. Jan. Feb. and Mar. are our bad months which isn't too bad compared to others.
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 22, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8819173

No kidding Peg, I had to move my hibiscus inside last week! Now its warmish again, so I am their personal slave... bringing them out in the morning, bringing them in at night... what a pain in the neck!

We have about 6 good outside months in CT...
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8819552

Whatever you do keep it up. You have spectacular blooms and deserve bragging rights with me just as long as you post pics.

I had one of my NOID Hibs in buds this morning. Hope I don't miss it when I get home.
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

September 23, 2011
9:24 PM

Post #8821400

I hope not either! Post them asap!
maureenpm00
Lindenhurst, NY

October 15, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8850277

Hi Kristen - wow how did i miss this thread. I see some gorgeous blooms here you posted. Misbehavin and Vin extrodinaire are amazing. Where did you get yours?

Mine are still outside. Is there a certain temp when i should bring them indoors? Like 50 deg maybe?

blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 15, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8850287

Hi Maureen,

Dont let them get into the 40's so low 50's at night I started bringing them in. I got Misbehavin at Tried and True. And Vin at HVH.
Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

October 21, 2011
3:53 AM

Post #8857838

blupit you have out done your self thanks for the great show!
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 22, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8858967

Thanks Dana. They are all inside now for the winter... Misbehavin is the only one that is complaining about it... yellowing leaves... hopefully it was recover soon.
Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

October 22, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8858983

Sure there like little kids don't want to come in lol I know I am out here today trying to figure out where everyones going I have way tooo much lol but won't want it any other way have a great weekend
maureenpm00
Lindenhurst, NY

October 22, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8859049

Thanks Kristen. It went down to 45 last night,i probably should have taken them in last night but i was shot after working all week. I will keep my eye on the forecast, it it's going down again to under 50 they are coming in.

have a good weekend.
p.s. sunny wind is blooming, so cheery - love this little bright yellow bloom.
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 23, 2011
8:31 PM

Post #8860950

SW sure is a special happy lil bloom!
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8883335

May I introduce you to "Gumbo File".

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8883338

Another view of "Gumbo File".

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8883341

I am so proud of "Gumbo File".

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

November 9, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8883978

Beautiful colors.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

December 19, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8936303

Kristen, Wow what a wonderful collection!!! I hope some day to be able to have half of that. Any tips on rooting or do they need to be grafted?
Regards,
Mickey
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 21, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8937933

Hi Mickey,

Thanks for the compliment! I love them! I try rooting as I am not too successful at grafting. I have only tried 6 or 7 grafts so far and only one stuck and is doing well. So I guess I need more practice. I am not sure on who can root and who cant on all of mine though. As far as rooting, I make a fresh clean diagonal cut through a node. Put Clonex gel rooting hormone on the cut. Then I either stick it in a nice seed starter soil and put it in my "cutting green house" Basically it is just a fish tank with a glass hood that I put a seedling heat mat in the bottom. It is under a fluorescent shop light. I have a humidity and temp gauge inside to monitor the humidity. Or you can bypass the fish tank and just put a plastic zip lock bag over top of the cutting and keep it sealed. Or my other option is to put the cutting in my cloner. I have a 8 site Daisy Cloner that works well. http://www.amazon.com/Daisy-Clone-8-from-Botanicare/dp/B001JL0BLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324473641&sr=8-1 It is a lot of fun and you will end up literally cutting everything you see and sticking it in the cloner. Basil roots in 3 days in this! Its great. This summer I had about 10 basil plants!
Good luck!
Kristen
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

April 14, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #9082312

Your hibiscus are just beautiful!!! Do you have a white fly problem in the winter? How lond does it take for you to get roots on your cuttings?
Regards,
Mickey
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9148844

Sorry for the delay Mickey. I have not been on DG in forever. I just renewed my subscription today... been busy busy busy! But no white flies here. I never have had any actually. The only bug issues I have ever dealt with is Aphids and Spider mites. I now use a product called Kontos. It's expensive as hell, but works great on both my issues. I guess it makes the spider mites infertile?? Whatever, it works.

It depends on the cutting for the length of time it takes for roots to appear. I have a cloner that I use. Although sticking them in dirt works well too if you take care not to let them rot. But I had Sleeping Beauty and Acapulco Gold root within 2 weeks. Then I have had Haute Coture in my cloner for almost 2 years. Still alive but not throwing roots! I have a great setup for rooting in dirt. I bought a fishtank with a glass top. put a seedling heat mat inside, and its is under a grow lamp. I have a humidity and temp guage inside to monitor a proper humidity. I don't let the glass get foggy, if it is, then it is way too humid.
Michael_Ronayne
Nutley, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9156118

blupit007 wrote:Or my other option is to put the cutting in my cloner. I have a 8 site Daisy Cloner that works well. http://www.amazon.com/Daisy-Clone-8-from-Botanicare/dp/B001JL0BLM/ It is a lot of fun and you will end up literally cutting everything you see and sticking it in the cloner. Basil roots in 3 days in this! Its great. This summer I had about 10 basil plants!

Kristen,

If you ever have the time, I would very much like to learn more about your experience cloning Hibiscus. I am at the point where I need a better solution than a Humidity Dome. Any photographs or tips you can include would be a big help.

Thank you,

Mike
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 18, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9210106

Hi Mike!

I love the cloner! It is hard to give a time frame for rooting hibiscus in one though. I had Sleeping Beauty root in about a week and a half! But just last month I took Haute Couture out of it and stuck it in some dirt (rootless) because it had been in the cloner for 2 years! I was sick of it. It stayed alive and is still alive in dirt. I don't know how...

What I do is with a sterilized sharp exacto knife, make a clean diagonal cut through a node. With a butter knife I dab a bit of Clonex rooting gel http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q3NN4W/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0012BFBJG&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0NBEJ2JH85KG8CKTJZDH on the cut. (don't dip the cutting into the jar as it could contaminate the gel, and don't re-dip the butter knife either). In the water that is in the cloner I use a Clonex rooting hormone (different then gel, it is for dilution) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012BFBJG/?tag=hyprod-20&hvadid=15474521979&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3605280091259992668&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&ref=asc_df_B0012BFBJG. I found that they root faster if you keep the water temp warm. I simply put the cloner on top of a seedling heat mat. (I only did this for the winter, as it is really chilly in my house).

Here is a great thread on properly doing cuttings you should check out. I tagged it when I first came to DG. Lots of info from this man! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1052089/

Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions
Kristen

marie_kap
Williamstown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9247310

Do you trim your hibiscus back in the fall before bringing them in? Mine went through a shock when I first put it out this spring and then took for ever to catch up. It is just now blooming. I have 2 more baby's that I got this spring that have grown triple but no blooms. Should I trim them back this fall like I do my other one? The only window that I could put them near this winter, would be a north side window.
blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9256777

Im gonna trim them before i bring them inside. however, that being said, my husband build me a greenhouse, hopefully they can stay outside all winter

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marie_kap
Williamstown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
7:20 AM

Post #9258034

Wow I need that for all of my tropical' s. Are you going to heat it or just let the sun do its thing?
I think my hubby wanted to build me one, What did he use for the roof?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

August 31, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9260670

Nice green house. Needs a rocking chair, good book and a hot cup of tea. Sharon
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

September 1, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9261520

I use a CFL light that is equal to 300 watts and run it 24/7. The bulb doesn't produce heat and my flowers bloom all winter long. The bulb also draws very little power. It is much better than the monster of a plant light I was using. I need to start hunting some more bulbs for all the plants I need to drag in for the winter. I keep buying more and they keep growing.
I do oleander too. With a CFL bulb I don't have to worry about light from a window.
Mickey

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9261535

Wow, I never knew there could be so many beautiful ones. Well now that I'm back home in FL, guess I've found a plant that really interest me to grow here. I'm starting me research as we will be moving next year into a house of our own and there will be plenty of space to start a collection of these.

Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful pictures of your plants. Wow is what keeps coming to my mind.

Jan

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