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Topic by jroot posted 09-18-2013 02:04 PM 4487 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jroot

5121 posts in 3264 days
hardiness zone 5a

09-18-2013 02:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hibiscus zone 5

September 18

I was quite pleased to see this lovely bloom this morning when I went down to my office. I have just finished bringing them in for the winter, and after giving them a hair cut ( pruning them down to fit in the space I have ), I was given this beauty on “Erin Rachel”. I love it.

This 2nd shot is from my 29 year old hibiscus tree.

I don’t know how many blooms I had to cut off all of my hibiscus plants. You know how many I have. :)

I recall cutting off 43 buds off of just one plant, I almost breaks my heart, but I do have to get them indoors before my trip to France coming up in the very near future. I can’t risk a frost when I am away and cannot look after “my babies”.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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countrygal

364 posts in 3431 days

09-18-2013 06:15 PM

I just love the first one,just beautiful.What a shame cutting off all those buds,but it looks like you get a good show indoors.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

09-19-2013 10:23 AM

Jroot, we know your love for your hibiscus but you have no alternative to prune them and remove the extra buds. I am tempted to post a photo of a variety of hibiscus and Gokarna from my garden without your permission.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

09-19-2013 02:02 PM

Beautiful, Sharad. I still love that one at 3:00 o’clock. Also, I don’t have any that are pure white. Very nice indeed.

A few more in bloom today.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

09-20-2013 03:05 PM

Sept 20

A few more opened for us today.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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maxyck

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hardiness zone 5

09-20-2013 06:15 PM

Beautiful! I’ve never tried Hibiscus here in Newfoundland. Do you plant them in pots for the summer months and bring them inside from fall until spring. Will they root from cuttings.

-- maxyck. Newfoundland

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

09-21-2013 03:27 AM

Definitely, I keep them in pots in the summer. These I place in full sun, as they need that sun to nourish them in order to bloom. I also keep them up off the ground to keep the rabbits away from them. They had a feast earlier this year, and several got sheared by the rabbits that live in the bush below us.

Hibiscus don’t like it below 10C so they do have to come inside for the winter. They can be placed in a bright window, or if that is minimal, I keep mine under florescent lamps in the winter. I have created several banks of recycled lamps that seem to do the job until Spring when they need to be acclimatized to the changing light, and then they love the light that nature gives them.

They can definitely be multiplied by cuttings.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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countrygal

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09-21-2013 05:53 AM

Do yours go dormant for winter,or do they keep growing.I would like to keep my 2 large standards at an east facing window in my plant room,but not sure how to treat them.Any advice?

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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jroot

5121 posts in 3264 days
hardiness zone 5a

09-21-2013 09:16 AM

Mine never go dormant. They bloom all winter long under the lights. I am sure an east window will help keep them going as well. They will drop a lot of leaves, as they adjust to the new light, but grow new ones to accommodate the lower light levels. You’ll find the new leaves are bigger. I water mine every two days. They don’t want to be wet, but the do not want to be excessively dry either. Fussy – just like kids.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

09-22-2013 11:38 PM

Beautiful blooms Jroot. I don’t have No 3 from top and I will try to get it. Following is a picture of one variety which I like because it is resistant to white fly which is a scourge for Hibiscus plant.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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09-23-2013 06:57 AM

Sharad, that is indeed a very nice hibiscus.

I did not have whitefly before this past year, part way through the winter it appeared – about the time I got a cutting from a friend. I battled it all the rest of the winter.

In preparation for the coming winter, when I brought them indoors last week, I hosed them down well with a pressured water hose, and then sprayed with an insecticide. I shall watch them carefully as well in the next little while.

As I write this, I am actually in Paris, France, where I shall do some garden touring. Perhaps I will find a unique strain that has seeds available. I shall actually miss one of my brugmansia which has some monstrous buds on it, and I expect it to open when I am not there to enjoy it or photograph it. Ah well, another time.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

09-28-2013 03:55 AM

stunning flowers!!! absolutely beautiful.

My hardy hibiscus was in the same location as the cup plant that I planted. I didn’t realize how big the cup plant got and it overpowered the hibiscus. The hibiscus tried to reach for the sun but then got too top heavy and fell over. .. But then I found some little ones growing just to the south of the cup plant and I had a few pale pink flowers on it. So happy it survived.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

09-28-2013 05:07 AM

There is such beauty in this world. Gorgeous flowers, Jroot and Sharad.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Malini

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hardiness zone 4a

09-30-2013 10:58 AM

Hello Friends,
I am not new to this forum, however very shy about posting. I have been lusting after Hibiscus for years now and have a small collection. I live in Zone 4 (Iowa-USA) and it is tough during winters. Bring them in , protect from frost, it is hardwork but very rewarding when they put out beautiful blooms. Wish they lived for more than one day. I am looking to add more next season.
I hope you like it. Thanks, Malinii

H.Dainty Pink (Fantasia)

H.Rowena’s wedding

H.Psyche

H.Double Psyche

H.Dainty White

-- “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.”Robert Brault

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

09-30-2013 09:56 PM

very pretty, Malini. I don’t have that single white. Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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10-01-2013 07:03 AM

Sweet photos. Thank you all for sharing them.

perhaps some day, I will give them a whirl ?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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ThomasMaloney

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01-14-2015 08:16 AM

Wow those are some really pretty flowers you have harvested there. I can still recall managing my own mini garden in the backyard right before the winter came and destroyed my year long worth of efforts. Our family was so devastated back then but I guess it was partly our fault as we did not practice proper storage methods for the seedlings to grow healthily and receive the right conditions.

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jroot

5121 posts in 3264 days
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01-14-2015 01:04 PM

One can always start again, Thomas. In truth, I have had many “start agains”. Experience is a great teacher.

I would include a photo, but there is not tech support left on this site to correct the problem. I try to post jpeg photos, but they are not allowed, even though the site insists on them. Frustration continues.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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