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)
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.