All Things Gardening forum: Kopper King Hibiscus in pond?

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Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Sep 23, 2016 3:39 PM CST
I went for a little plant therapy shopping today looking for asters but they did not have any. Instead I came home with a water guzzeling pink blooming plant D'Oh! It was the purple foliage! I love it. I saw them all the way across the parking lot. I walked past them four times staring and touching and realized I must look really weird. I was just standing there with a blanked out look on my face imagining where I would put it. After ten minutes of doing circles around them like a vulture I picked one up and paid.

I have tried really hard the past few years to be more responsible about my plant choices. Lots of water and fertilizer is a big no-no. Well, this thing wants both. My question is, can I put it in a pond? I know that the Texas star one can live in a pond but after searching the net I can not find anyone growing them in water.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Sep 23, 2016 3:50 PM CST
I've never grown that one so I can't speak from experience but I would think you could. It is a mix of Hibiscus moscheutos, H. laevis and H. coccenius which are all swamp/marsh dwellers. My wild H. moscheutos is in a rain garden and has it's roots under water 80 to 90 % of the year. My H. coccenius and H. laevis are in pots but I keep the pots in trays of water all year.
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Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Sep 23, 2016 4:02 PM CST
That is great info Jay. I think I will give it a try. It is a better option than a shriveled up thirsty plant. There is no way I would keep up with the watering it would like. I really don't know what I was thinking! They had some blue hardies also. I almost turned the car around to buy some of those also. Geeze...... I got issues Rolling my eyes.
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Sep 24, 2016 9:50 AM CST
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I think the hibiscus is happy with new home. I didn't even have to dig a hole! I am seriously considering going back for the blue one.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Sep 25, 2016 8:33 AM CST
This is a picture of a H. moscheutos I took at Longwood Gardens a number of years ago. Looks pretty happy to me.
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Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Sep 25, 2016 9:38 AM CST
Yes, it does look happy Alice. Thank you for posting that picture. I sure do love water gardens. So much easier than pulling weeds and mowing.

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