Hello Hibiscus lovers!!! Last winter I had two Hibiscus plants that I had overwintered in a bedroom for the winter under fluorescent lights and they bloomed all winter so I decided to give propagation a try. Every time I had a bloom on both plants, I would cross pollinate them. Well I had one pod come out of the whole thing. I was pretty happy about that! On March 18, 2012 I planted them. Well, July 4th I found a baby that had finally decided to poke it's little head out. When I took mommy and daddy outside in the spring, they died so baby is all I have left of them. The parents are Big Box plants, so they weren't near as cool as ya'lls, but as it is, I am a godfather, so I want to raise it and see what I have created. :) I just want to make sure I do it right, so this is where you come in. :) I have posted a pic of each parent so you could see them, and also a pic of the baby. It is still in the seed tray and I need to know exactly what to do. Don't worry about talking to me like I am stupid, because this is a first for me so I need specifics. I promise ya'll won't hurt my feelings! :) Do I need to repot right now or wait? If so, what kind of soil do I need to put it in and what sized pt? I have potting soil, garden soil and cotton-burr compost (super high in Nitrogen). I told you I needed specifics! hehehe. Oh, the baby is outside in part sun (all morning). Thank you in advance and if it survives hell (West Texas) I will definitely post pictures.
I was at Lowes today and they had a whole section of starter plants in 4"pots. Some of them were tropical hibiscus. I think $3 per plant. Plants looked healthy but I did not look at root system. Good luck. Sharon
The baby finally has a new leaf on it, but I think it would be too small to see in a pic, so I will wait until it gets a little bigger. What would be a good fertilizer for it, as I have heard they are food mongers. :) Also, I am tired of calling it "the baby" so please help me find a nick-name for it for now. Once it blooms in the next Ice Age, we can rename it according to it's bloom.
Have you named this "Baby". We should start cheering for it but we need a name. Maybe "Baby Hib". "Big Tex". It is your baby. You name it and we will cheer. New leaf is great sign. Smiling for you in Las Vegas. Sharon
I've grown them from seeds several times. Some times it worked, other times not!
My advice is to keep doing what you're doing. It's worked so far and this guy will need the same care for a while until it gets bigger. I wouldn't do anything with high nitrogen. I doubt the young tender roots could handle it. If you want to fertilize, I would only use a starter fertilizer (one for transplanting plants and helps prevent shock) or something like Fish Emulsion fertilizer.
With those parents, you could get a pretty interesting bloom.
Here are pics of a successful propagation attempt of mine. The parents are The President (Father) and Erin Rachel (Mother). When I managed to grow the babies (three of the five lived) to the point of blooming, I was so excited that I named them after that feeling - Pukin' Happy. ;)
I don't have a picture of the Father, but it's a single red. Here is a picture of Erin Rachel and Pukin' Happy.
For the weather/temps. ertc., I think it's growing fine. I started one several weeks ago and it looks like you first picture. It takes a while for them to bloom. Those who are very experienced can get a bloom within a year, but I had to wait 1 yr 9 mo.