Hibiscus helpful information and links

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

In addition to this forum, DG provides you with many ways to learn more about Hibiscus, find sources, and share what you know with others. This thread is intended to help you explore those features and provide a permanent reference tool with helpful links and shortcuts.

Getting the most from PlantFiles

PlantFiles has thousands of Hibiscus entries and tons of information - here are some tips to track down what you're looking for:

1) The cultivar-finder for Hibiscus lets you browse all cultivars alphabetically: http://davesgarden.com/pf/finder/index.php?sname=Hibiscus&submit=submit

2) The Advanced Search lets you find the Hibiscus that meet your specifications (bloom color, height, bloom time, etc.) http://davesgarden.com/pf/advanced.php?sname=Hibiscus (Note: You can - and should - skip past any detail sections that you don't care about.)

3) Here are some general search and browse tips that may be helpful: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/608659/

If we've missed a Hibiscus, here's a link to add a new entry: http://davesgarden.com/pf/add.php

Within any entry (one you added, or existing entries), you can add your own comment, photo and/or ZIP code report if it grows well in your garden! The screen shot below shows you where to look for the ZIP code field; the links to add an image or comment are directly beneath that field.

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Finding supplies or a particular variety to buy

1) PlantScout has several vendors that carry various Hibiscus cultivars. Here's a list of the results when searching for "Hibiscus": http://davesgarden.com/ps/search.php?search_text=hibiscus&submit=Search

You can always search for a particular hibiscus cultivar, too - here's an example of searching for Fireball: http://davesgarden.com/products/ps/search.php?search_text=hibiscus+%27fireball%27&submit=Go

Hint: Clicking on the company name in the second column will let you browse that company's entire PlantScout product list.

2) You may find advertised specials in our Classified Ads forum - be sure to check there for special deals and offers, many of which are just for DG members: http://davesgarden.com/forums/f/bulletins/
(Vendors or members with excess plants for sale: be sure to check out this cost-effective tool for advertising your products!)

3) The Garden Watchdog also has a category devoted to Hibiscus. Search for mail-order vendors here: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/advanced.php?category=84&submit=Go&cat[158]=84

As you can see, using the pull-down list is the best way to find a category (see screenshot below to see how it works.)

P.S. When you've ordered from a company listed in the Watchdog, be sure to leave feedback - what you know helps others!

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Using the Garden Bookworm

If you want to read up on Hibiscus, our Bookworm lists several books on the subject: http://davesgarden.com/products/gbw/advanced.php?search_text=hibiscus

When you've selected a book from the Bookworm's list, you can clicking on the picture of the cover to access Amazon.com where you can purchase it or read more reviews and information.

Hint: If you've read a book listed in the Bookworm, we invite you to review it for the benefit of your fellow gardeners. Good books are a good investment, but bad books are a waste of money we could have spent on more plants, seeds, or mulch!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Member's Favorite Threads

happygarden's Bringing in hibiscus for winter http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1032663/
WGP's Strange foliage on a seedling http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/993422/

Gitagal's rooting hardy hibiscus http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1010498/
Lynda_45's when to transplant http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1002585/
Hardy hibiscus:pinching seedlings. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/977903/

Hardy hibiscus die back. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/770015/
Pruning Rose of Sharon to a standard form. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/767366/
Stippled pattern on leaves/spider mites. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/758429/
Viable seed pods. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1050460/

Insects eating hardy hibiscus seeds. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1055744/
Hardy hibiscus cross pollination. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1053830/
The best way to prune for rooting cuttings. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1050543/
Using Epsom salt. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1016799/
Worm castings. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/719455/

Cutting back cold damaged hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/951068/
Can I keep a hibiscus as a houseplant year-round? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/971798 /
Germinating tropical seeds. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/966533/

Pots: clay or plastic? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/941715/
Pots: what size? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/942154/
davis1676's newbie questions on heat and plant size http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1001458/
What to do with hibiscus cross seeds. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/992470/

White flies on hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/914898/
Leaf scorch. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/879011/
Mulching spent flowers. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/876061/

Fertilizer advice. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/831930/
Bud drop. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/860583/
Bud drop. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1047948/
Seed sources. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/845155/
Disease or pest? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/852465/

How much pollen to pollinate? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/851402/
Tips on reviving sick hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/806473/
Roselle hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/527343/

Don't lose your seeds! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/794907/
Grafting hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/791736/
Pruning hibiscus. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/781556/
Pollinating hibiscus Wilfred's way. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1053087/
Wilfred's rooting cuttings tutorial. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1052089/

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