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These are quite beautiful cytf, I've tried on many occasions to get these plants to grow and I get as far as plenty of greenery BUT none of those gorgeous flowers, I think it's because we have such a short summer season and some years not too many bright days at all. Everywhere I go I get transfixed when I come across those wonderful Hibiscus flowers and they look so fragile when you note the papery thin flowers, OH dear, I'm turning green with envy, ha, ha, ha.
Well done you.
Best Regards, WeeNel.
WeeNel, it looks like Cythera's Hibiscus flowers are actually Hibiscus syriacus, Althea Rose of Sharon. You may have more success growing those. Have you tried them? The flowers look very similar but but flower colors are limited.
CYTHERA, never gave them a try, but maybe next spring will look out from them, I've still got 2-3 Hibiscus growing out in the garden and eventually around July, I get foliage (IF the weather is warm)
but never had a flower or even a tiny little bud, the foliage begins to die off again around end of September as the nights cool and the sun lowers in the sky,
Thanks everyone for their hints and tips, it's great to know people are interested in what others would love to grow and what is NOT ever going to be a success, everyone has dreams and mine WAS to grow Hibiscus in all their shades and glorious flowers, first took a shine to them while visiting Hawaii,
I could have sat staring at those beautiful blooms for hours, so I'll dream on LOL.
Best regards, WeeNel.
I am a bit resistent now to add miracle gro etc, one time my plants stopped flowering had massive green foliage but the excess of nitrogen stopped the flowering process, it's a problem i have with some plants that i am still trying to resolve, I was advised to use Dolomite lime but i have no clue how to use it in already planted stuff, any ideas to lower nitrogen in soil??
Cythera ,About the rice water , there are recent reports of arsenic in rice ,do you think the percentage of arsenic will be harmful to us putting it in the soil?.Reasearch it and let me know I know we all love to recycle as much as we could.
Cytf I dont use rice water at all due to this. I messed up my plants once with Miracle Gro as fertilizer and I haven't found any thing better that works for flower blooming than this shake for them so I use normal water
The banana peels , if you dry them out and put is as part of your compost work great. Even to have the peels around the plant works for flowering. It's fun to experiment ...
I have some perennial hibiscus that are HUGE. I started them from seed. From the end of June through the end of August they were covered in blooms. They took a 2 week break from blooming to create another mass of buds which started blooming this weekend. I hit them with Miracle Gro three times this summer and I water them twice a day. I have never seen plants that like SO much water. I could leave the hose trickling on them all day. This has been my best seed starting success story.
I always love to hear the good side of growing by the success of peoples techniques and I love to learn the delight they experience when things go well, makes a complete change from the poor folks who only appear to have disasters, so a lesson well learned that keep at it and it will all come good, well mostly good LOL.
Keanl, I love those beautiful plants you show and am just so envious of these lovely new buds, I will continue to dream on and keep trying. Well done to you and keep it us.
Not sure IF you've heard about a seaweed extract that you can get from Garden suppliers and it's all natural stuff, nothing added, it's a liquid feed and you dont use much, I make it up in watering can to look like weak tea just coloured in no more, my pot's, tub's and other tender stuff thrive on this feed and I begin with half strength for the first watering, there after full strength from April to end of August, by then it's winter showing a slow awakening, the nights get too cool for tender plants so it's then time to start preparing them for winter sleep, take any cuttings from the soft woody side shoots and also prune out any damaged brown or eaten parts before they are taken into greenhouse for winter protection.
We are in storm weather already all over the West coast so need to get wrapped up and go find anything that's blown off to pastures new LOL.
Take good care and enjoy the fruits of your hard earned work.
OH avazquez, that cut flower has a little sad face on it, but wow !!!!! the colours are just breathtaking,.
green fingers have I, NOOOOO, just green with envy at your flowers, your weather and your photograph, keep up the good work.
Best Regards. WeeNel.