Past Plants of the Day forum: Hibiscus of the Day: Blue River II

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Sep 2, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Today's Hibiscus of the Day is Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II').

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Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II') .

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Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II')
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Sep 3, 2015 10:58 AM CST
The main thing I don't like about hibiscus flowers is the red eye. It's not that it's ugly, it's just so commonplace with lighter colored hibiscuses--and it reminds me of Rose of Sharon, which are even more common here.

I winter sowed three of these last year from open-pollinated seed I was fast enough to grab in a group swap, and they all sprouted. Although they attempted to grow, I wasn't attentive enough to keeping away the groundhogs and deer, and they kept being chewed back. This year, though, I was much more protective--and also anxious to discover whether they would come true from seed. I was very excited when the first bloom opened pure white! I got a beautiful show from June to July. I may have gotten a longer bloom if I watered more regularly when we hit a dry spell through July, but I was happy with what I got. I did not spray these but had no rust, although some Lady Baltimore offspring (didn't come true to color) nearby did rust somewhat, in shadier conditions, and I worried it could spread.

They're still out there, getting watered more regularly, although I don't really expect more blooms. Can't wait till next year!
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Sep 3, 2015 3:25 PM CST
This is one of my favorite hibiscus because it is pure white. It has always been healthy through drought and flood.
I have shared seed and all have grown true. I wish I had kept a couple as the grasshoppers have eaten the blooms this year
Has anyone ever started cuttings?
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Sep 3, 2015 4:40 PM CST
Taqiyyah, based on your local reports, it looks like they bloomed only three month after germination. Is that right? If so that is great. My Luna Pink Swirl took a couple of years and I have a H. palustris (moscheutos) that is a year old and no blooms this year.
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Sep 5, 2015 12:13 PM CST
No, sorry I was unclear, Horntoad: Mine were wintersowed last year but I got no blooms because of the groundhogs. I don't know whether they would have bloomed if they'd been left alone that first year. But they came back this year big enough to bloom.

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