Hibiscus forum: Lavender Hardy Hibiscus: a snowy winter journey (what now?)

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manzanitacross
May 17, 2020 1:49 PM CST
As renters, when your house is sold, you have to seek new gardens elsewhere. Well, at our last apartment, we had a beautiful Rose of Sharon in the backyard. So last August as we were leaving, I decided to try to propagate her for ourselves!

She looked way more lavender and less pink in real life.

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I took these four small branch cuttings and stuck 'em in a pot. Well, winter came.....and we had 5F weather. We had frost. We had snow. They stayed mostly under plastic. They became four sad little twigs. I figured they were goners.

Then April came. Lo and behold.

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Now they're looking like real plants, if a little pale. I'm thrilled!

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I know Rose of Sharon is a bit of a weed, but I still feel like a magician (especially after trying to root begonias and them going absolutely nowhere).

So.....

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NOW WHAT?


Weird question maybe, but....... what do I do? Should I

(A) try to separate them all into individual pots? Will that hurt the roots too much? I know you're supposed to grow one plant per (large) container.

(B) Also, is it fertilizer time? Smiling I bought some organic hibiscus fertilizer and it's ready to be deployed.

Thanks everyone for your help!



Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jun 6, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Put them in their own pot and fertilize. They will grow like crazy!

manzanitacross
Jul 23, 2020 1:12 PM CST
clintbrown said:Put them in their own pot and fertilize. They will grow like crazy!


Thank you! I tried this, and they have grown so much! They look great now Smiling Still haven't flowered...wonder if they will this year.

Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
Hellebores Hummingbirder Heucheras Winter Sowing Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
Ferns Bee Lover Cottage Gardener Garden Procrastinator Clematis Birds
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clintbrown
Jul 23, 2020 7:11 PM CST
manzanitacross said:

Thank you! I tried this, and they have grown so much! They look great now Smiling Still haven't flowered...wonder if they will this year.



I think it takes those a few years to bloom. Maybe two. I planted a hardy Hibiscus from seeds this year that's blooming though. You never know.

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