I was wondering how to handle my Texas Star (Hibiscus) that I started from seeds. I'm afraid of putting it in the ground too early and they won't make it through the winter. Is it too late now? Should I keep it in container the first year?
TEXAS STAR hibiscus from seeds
My Texas Stars look like yours, darkmoondreamer. And mine are in the ground all winter here in Zone 8. They die down, then come back in spring.
Yes, I'm in zone 8a myself BrightStar, we just cut them back in winter and they grow new each spring
darkmoondreamer - I am in Z6a, S IN - I, too, have this plant - the botanical name is hibiscus coccineus....there are several plants that look like this in the nurseries with all sorts of names - Pinwheel, Red Star, etc. Don't know if they are the same plant or some sort of variance....these plants reseed very easily, so my guess, they are all the same plant.......I just recently got seeds for a white variety of this plant - am anxious to see what they do - they are supposed to be as hardy as the red variety - for you guys down South, that is not an issue, but up here, it is another thing.....
picture of my h coccineus
If it's not a Red Star, I guess I will find out next year. A neighbor gave me those seeds and that's what she told me it was. I think I have seen them at HD with leaves like the one I have, but the White Star that I saw had leaves like yours darkmoon.
Now I'm afraid to put it in the ground 'cause it may be a plant that is not hardy for my zone....
Lili, any hardy hibs should be okay in the ground in 8a, but you will probably have to cut back every winter and get new growth in the spring. No matter what the variety, as long as it's a hardy it'll do fine in the ground
All colors are very pretty. I had a hard time getting seed to germinate and never got one to grow to bloom. I may have to try again. Congrats on your pretty blooms.
hobbyodlaren, what would happen if the white one "got together" with the red one? Would you get a pink one?
You know, you can get a paintbrush...
BrightStar it could works perhaps, but I have never had a red or a white at the same time. Perhaps I should, grow a new red from seeds next year and try to be a honeybee too :o)
hobbyodlaren, it looks like the only way I can get seeds from my Chinese foxglove is if I play honeybee with the paintbrush.
Yes do BrightStar, play honeybee, we have this spring start bekeeping in our garden, we have two bee-community now.
And I´ve got a lot of fruits and seeds this autumn. Last year we have non of either.
We move in, in this place for two years ago.
I also often got a lot of seeds to my hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Adria'
I saw on Ebay, that one man sold seeds to pink coccineus one time but I miss it.
What is best time to start Texas star Hibiscus and how do you handle the seeds as far as germination?
Well to start the seeds depends on where you live. I dont know when it best time in Texas. I start mine in january. They not flower the first year in my area. I grow in pots, it went dormant now in september, october I have harvest dry seeds the last week. When I´m sure they are completly dry I store them in my refrigator in plasticbags.
I find that the best time to start seed is in the spring. Most plants have an automatic dormant period and sometimes it is hard to fool them.
Yes, last year, I started some seeds and thought they just didn't germinate, so I dumped the dirt into a planter to reuse and later in the summer, plant sprouted of of them.
I do have an exception to my own rule. After cleaning the beds for fall and covering with compost, I simply throw out seed I have saved from the various perenials and annuals as though feeding the chicks. It lies wherever for the winter as it would if Mother Nature had let it drop. It is great fun to stroll the garden in the spring watching for seedlings. Have a really good germination rate with no damp-off. This last year was great as I had thrown out delphinium and poppies and forgot it. Every single seed must have germinated.
I also have Texas Star but purchased it at a yard sale already as a plant.
I have both the red and the white variety and have had them for years--sometimes germination can be slow on them. I've seen them take up to ninety day and then--pow--everyone of them will sprout. Not so much the time of year that I've noticed (I've done them all times of year--mainly fall and early spring) but environmental conditions. I do a lot of bulbs and perennials from seeds and have noticed this same trend with them as well--thunderstorms with heavy rainfall is excellent for germination. The hose just doesn't always do it--something about that sudden dip in barometric pressure, nitrogen fixing in the atmosphere coming down in the rainfall, and plain old natural rainfall. I never cover seedlings (or rather pots of seeds) of any type for this reason. And sometimes just several heavy rainfalls about a week apart for like 3-4 weeks. I always give them 90 days if I can and have the space.
Hope this helps--its just my own observations.