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oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
5:53 AM

Post #4518705

Thanks for interesting article. I just planted H. seed that a DG sent me last yr. I hope they are still O.K. I seen 2 kind of them were marked hardy.







pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2008
11:43 AM

Post #4518925

Great article Lee Anne. You do have a tire screeching beautiful plant! I too did not realize they would be hardy up until about a year or two ago. Now I have 2 varieties and want more!!
debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
12:59 PM

Post #4519014

One of my favorite plants, and they are so easy to start a new one. Great article.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2008
1:08 PM

Post #4519030

Oh my, I had no idea and I think they are so beautiful. I gotta have me some of these. Thanks for sharing.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 10, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #4519212

Thank you for the fun and informative article. Last year was my first time overwintering this plant and I agree it was so slow coming back I almost uprooted it. When it did, it was worth it. Glad you are inspiring more people in all climates to grow this lovely bloomer.

Looking forward to the article on drinking hot coffee when it is hot!
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
2:55 PM

Post #4519302

Great article on a super plant - yours are beautiful!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 10, 2008
10:48 PM

Post #4520967

I bought my second hardy hibiscus last summer - we haven't actually managed to plant either of them. The first one died inside - I figure #2 has a better chance outside than in here where nobody ever waters it. Beautiful pictures and article!

xx, Carrie
MistyPetals
North Augusta, SC

February 11, 2008
1:33 AM

Post #4521643

I enjoyed the tone and the content of this article. Of course, I planted ten rose bushes this weekend and needed some light, fun reading to enjoy after that workout.
I have seeds for hardy hibiscus so I'll put some in soon. They're going alongside the shed to relieve the eyesore. Who wants to look at the shed when I can these instead. Nice article. Inspiring.
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 11, 2008
1:35 AM

Post #4521651

Thanks all.

They are, by far, one of my most favorite perennials. I'm glad the article was enjoyable :))
soapwort243
South Milwaukee, WI

February 11, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #4521764

I have a white one, with a little red center, in my back. It is very pretty, with large blooms. Then, I visited a friend and she had a very dark crimson--(almost a black) in her front yard and it was a tire screecher !! I have been looking for one like it-(to no avail), but had to settle for a dark red. I planted it in fall, in my front yard. I have my fingers crossed that it will be a tire screecher !! :)
bamafan
Brookwood, AL

February 11, 2008
11:31 AM

Post #4523020

I have the Pink Hibiscus. I got it at a Flee market in Mobile Alabama. It is like she wrote. It comes back every year just as pretty as ever. I'm in Zone 7 It is the prettiest plant I have in my yard. I will be looking for more different colors this summer. I really didn't know exactly what it was called. But I love it. It blooms all summer long. Thank you for the info.
Fitsy
Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2008
1:10 PM

Post #4523192

Mine are unhappy about who knows what -
my pH or something.
Fitsy

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2008
1:28 PM

Post #4523259

Great article... I have seeds that i have gotten in swaps... I'm going to try and Winter Sow some seeds this winter and see what pops up.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 11, 2008
1:30 PM

Post #4523264

Hi Fitsy ~ why do you say yours are unhappy?
MistyPetals
North Augusta, SC

February 11, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #4525481

I hate to jump into some one else's Q&A but I'm wondering if the soil was the cause of the disappointment experienced.
Somewhere I read not to overfeed these plants or they are, to use the word used, unhappy.
Any plant that yearns to be neglected is a challenge for me because I tend to coddle mine.
Some plants, from my limited knowledge, want to be, like Garbo, left alone. No food, no water. No nuttin'.
Then again, these are probably, the thriftiest in terms of amendments,wouldn't ya say? Hmm...?


threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 11, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #4525527

I've only ever had a problem with one of mine, and the soil in that area of the garden was lacking in nitrogen. His leaves turned yellow.
As a rule, I don't fertilize, just compost. As long as they are given a good drink when it's hot and dry, they are pretty tolerant.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 12, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #4525809

Good news for me! If only I can get it (him?) planted and he's not dead yet!

x, Carrie
seedy1
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 12, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #4526367

I would love to have one of these hardy hibiscus. Where might I order one or do I just keep a watchful eye out at my local gardens shops? I just do not recall ever seeing them before at the shops though. Thanks for any advice.
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 12, 2008
2:28 AM

Post #4526381

I've never seen them on-line, but then I don't shop online all that often.
Maybe someone will pop in with an answer,

I'd still keep an eye on the garden centres though.
lbontrager
Aurora, NE

February 12, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4529919


For Seedy1... you can find some at http://www.plantdelights.com. I know I have seen other online sites that carry them.

For soapwort 243... If you want a dark crimson, try Robert Fleming. It is almost black/red and has attractive deep green foliage. It is compact and shorter than the average hibiscus. I have about a dozen and it remains my favorite.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 12, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4530167

Seedy,

I bought both of my unfortunate hardy hibiscus locally, one at a local garden center and one at a Farmer's Market. In August, I think, in both cases. You can also grow them from seed.

x, Carrie

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #4530377

Carrie -- any idea if the WS well? i have a bunch of seeds. colors?? i have no idea, the envies just say "Hardy Hibiscus".

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2008
12:49 AM

Post #4530462

I've heard they do, never done it myself. Good luck! x, Carrie
Fitsy
Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2008
1:54 AM

Post #4530928

Hi, Podster and Misty Petals, thanks for your interest.
Well, they just aren't flourishing. They start to bloom, and
then sort of decide to quit. The plants are puny.
I planted them in 2006 in right stiff clay, so I prepared their
space with lime, peat, and granite dust, and used Schultz
liquid 10-54-10. The instructions that came with them said
to fertilize every 6-8 weeks, but since planting them I have only
put composted tree trimmings on them - and some manure
tea. No response. Interesting about overfeeding VS the
instructions. Oh, and they are on a sort of hump of ground,
so plenty of drainage, I reckon.,
Fitsy
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2008
4:50 AM

Post #4531892

Ms Fitsy ~ did the leaves continue to look good but the blooms petered out?
Fitsy
Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #4535434

I would say the whole plants (3 of them) look sad. Last
summer on their page in my notebook I wrote that they
looked "bothered". Right vague! I'm afraid that I don't
"read" them very well. Never been around them before.
There is a lot of charcoal on the ground there from some
fire in the past. Maybe an awful chemical is there!
However, the wild lambs quarters are happy there,,
and wild blackberry is invading with healthy looking shoots.
I actually had to lift an hibiscus to free it from a blackberry.
Every winter I grub out blackberry roots, and I am winning,
really, I am!
Fitsy


podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 14, 2008
3:16 AM

Post #4535725

Hang in there. I wonder if the blackberries like your soil, perhaps the Hibiscus require a different soil PH. I am afraid I don't know that one.
Fitsy
Hayesville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2008
6:44 PM

Post #4537944

Thanks anyway!
Fitsy
dmbf874
Eastpointe, MI

May 26, 2008
4:35 AM

Post #5003780

It's the end of May (I'm in Michigan) and two of my three Hibiscus have not started growing. Is it time to give up on them :(
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

May 26, 2008
3:03 PM

Post #5004872

No!!!

Mine aren't up yet either. Give em a couple more weeks. Once they start they grow super quick!!
soapwort243
South Milwaukee, WI

May 26, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #5005054

I thought for sure that mine died! They are just showing green from the base now!! They came thru for me
dmbf874
Eastpointe, MI

May 27, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #5007433

There is still hope:) Yaaaa!

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