Hibiscus forum: Hibiscus bud drop?

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Aug 19, 2014 5:26 PM CST
My hardy hibiscus has set few seed pods, out of 20 flowers I only have 2 buds growing. I grew this plant from seed so I assume it shouldn't be sterile. Are hibiscus self sterile and need cross pollination? My plant has gorgeous flowers and green leaves looks healthy. The thread "What kind of Hardy Hibiscus is this?" in Plant ID forum

I tried cross pollinating with wild pink swamp rose mallow, could this be why?

Also, some buds are 3 per single stem (almost conjoined) is this abnormal?
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
Aug 20, 2014 12:56 PM CST
Conjoined stem buds, notice stem thickness.
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