Hibiscus forum: Pavonia - Hibiscus Cousin

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 18, 2014 8:00 AM CST
Pavonia is a cousin of the hibiscus. I was able to acquire seeds of two more species of the Pavonia, P. missionum, P. lasiopetala but am having difficulty getting them to germinate .. I'm going to resow them again probably this weekend.

This is the P praemorsa - the flowers are about the size of a quarter:



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Name: James
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Txtea
Apr 19, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Anne, I sure do like the bright yellow color. Very nice.
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Horntoad
Apr 19, 2014 7:55 PM CST
I purchase a Pavonia lasiopetala, at the Master Gardeners plant sale a couple of weeks ago.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 19, 2014 8:03 PM CST
Thanks James .. I discovered the Pavonia genus last year starting with the P. praemorsa and was delighted to find someone local with some seeds of other species I didn't have. Now if I could just get them to germinate! The praemorsa seeds I acquired essentially sprouted when I showed them dirt!
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Name: James
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Txtea
Apr 20, 2014 8:34 PM CST
That sounds wonderful. Good luck.
Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Apr 30, 2014 4:35 AM CST
Anne, I got P. missionum to sprout the 2nd time I tried them using a Hydrogen peroxide pre-soak, 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water for an hour or so. Only 2 of 5 seeds sown germinated, but I will take it.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 30, 2014 6:28 AM CST
Thanks for the info .. I'll give it another shot.
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lovesblooms
Apr 30, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Aha--maybe that's why my lasiopetalas haven't sprouted. I winter-sowed them a month or so ago. Thanks, Alana.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 28, 2014 9:54 AM CST
Anne, here the Pavonias will bud in early spring, but if it's too cold for them, the buds don't open to flower and instead go to seed. It's called cleistogamous...produces seed without opening. I wonder if those are early seeds and possibly aren't viable? I'll ask the next time I'm at the nursery that sells natives.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 28, 2014 12:13 PM CST
I'm very familiar with cleistogamic plants unfortunately. I've had Morning Glory's do that as well as Violets.
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Bubbles
May 28, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Anne, I wasn't trying to be a smarty pants. I picked quite a few buds off my Pavonia hastata this morning. I was asking if you thought the seeds might sprout because I would send them to you.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 28, 2014 5:14 PM CST
In my experience, cleistogamic seeds are just as fertile and I've germinated many.

I've also noticed that Pavonia seems to have 2 seed coats!

Forgot to add thanks for your offer but I just received a bunch of P. hastata seedlings.
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Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Jun 30, 2014 8:48 AM CST
Pavonia missionum, worth the effort, I think.



Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 30, 2014 9:03 AM CST
That's beautiful! Love that color.
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