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Topic by jroot posted 10-08-2011 05:40 PM 1001 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jroot

5063 posts in 2255 days
hardiness zone 5a

10-08-2011 05:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brugmansia hibiscus winter zone 5

With the cold spell we had recently, I brought in all the brugmansia and the tropical hibsicus for their winter abode. Did some cuttings too. I did some cuttings of the pelargonium (geranium) as well. Just my luck that the weather turned beautiful again (which is a blessing for our Canadian Thanksgiving), although I’m sure it will be short lived.

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



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sharad

1633 posts in 1842 days
hardiness zone 11

10-08-2011 08:51 PM

Jroot, nice to see the valuable plants taken to a safe place. Whereas you have a cold spell we are at the end of Monsoon, the rainy season and facing a very hot October. But the climate is so good for the tropical plants that my garden is profusely blooming. I will post some pictures soon.

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

5063 posts in 2255 days
hardiness zone 5a

10-09-2011 03:57 AM

Thanks, Sharad. I look forward to seeing your photos. How is “my favourite” hibiscus doing? I still marvel every time I see it.

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

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Greenthumb

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10-09-2011 07:56 AM

what could be worse then a “hot” October ?

let me think for a minute…………………..hmmmmm

ahh, give me a minute.

another minute

and yet another

nope, ………nothing comes to mind : )

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

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

10-09-2011 03:15 PM

Wow that was sure a lot of work you have done already.I am always so impressed with the number and variety of hibiscus you have.Wish I had room to keep more than the two I have here.They grew soooo big I now have to set them on the floor in front of the bay window instead of in the window. lol

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

10-09-2011 05:36 PM

Bon, my research and experience tells me that they like to be cut back in the fall. You can easily cut them back by 1/3 of the branch length. They should be cut above a leaf node and they will branch out for you. That way you can get more plants in. The cuttings can also be rooted and given away as gifts to friends (or enemies … as a peace offering, of course …. LOL )

http://www.trop-hibiscus.com/gindr.html

http://www.hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com/care/pruning.htm

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/hortiscope/flowers/hibiscus.htm

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

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Bon

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10-10-2011 04:22 PM

Jroot thank you for those links.There is a lot of valuable info there.I am planning on starting a few more of each color from some cuttings for next year.The info on cutting them back was really helpful because I have never cut them back yet.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

10-10-2011 07:17 PM

beautiful!
I’m really jealous of the window space you have :)

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

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jroot

5063 posts in 2255 days
hardiness zone 5a

10-11-2011 03:35 PM

not much window space, but a lot of florescent tubes. :)

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

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Paul

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hardiness zone 8

10-13-2011 03:55 PM

Great photos, thanks for sharing

-- Paul, La Center Washington

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bullseye

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10-23-2011 02:24 PM

My hibiscus is out of the giant planter and into a pot sitting on the front porch, I also made cuttings to the brugmansia that jroot gave me . The Hibiscus is till blooming like crazy and it looks like I need to bring it in the next few days. I don’t have much light in the basement ( 1 window only ), so I might have to leave it by the front windows, along with the indoor tropical plant and the variegated brug

-- Hooked on Gardening.....Ontario zone 5b

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jroot

5063 posts in 2255 days
hardiness zone 5a

10-23-2011 07:28 PM

I was lucky to “salvage” some florescent lights from friends and also Kijiji to help keep my tropicals alive. It seems to work.

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

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