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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 16, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Xeramtheum,

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I tried to correct seeds from Plum Crazy for someone else and they weren't good. Is there such a thing as sterile hibiscus? I'm going to try cuttings this spring, but will have to ask for tips! If it works, you're welcome to a start.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 16, 2014 4:42 PM CST
That would be awesome .. I don't know if Plum Crazy is sterile or not - I don't think I've ever heard of a sterile hardy hibiscus .. no one seems to have seeds so it might just be. It would be interesting to see if it would cross with the Pink Swirl.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Apr 16, 2014 8:00 PM CST
@Anne, that's interesting. I never feed either of mine. I wonder how it would do if I did.
Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Apr 16, 2014 8:00 PM CST
I also tried to collect seeds from my Plum Crazy, it never happened. I know all the Lunas gave up their seeds very well. As well as Fireball, but Fireball does not come true from seed. Got a couple last year and looked nothing like parent. Sure would like to be able to get Cherry Cheese HH. have seen the picture and it is beautiful.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 17, 2014 3:44 AM CST
Hardy Hibiscuses 'Helene', 'Diana', and 'Aphrodite' are supposed to be sterile. I have 'Aphrodite' and thus far have seen no seeds on my plant.


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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
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bluegrassmom
May 30, 2016 1:04 AM CST
Hello, I was trying to find a picture of the foliage on Plum Crazy. Does anyone have a shot of them?
I love the bloom! Does it really stay around 4 ft? I have seen some of the other hardy hibiscus near me and they seem to have a flopping problem. You help will be appreciated!

Do you also grow the tropical hibiscus?
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Name: JoJo
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froggardener
Jun 11, 2016 5:34 PM CST
Plum crazy does have sterile flowers but easily started from cuttings Smiling
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jun 11, 2016 6:28 PM CST
@bluegrassmom,

My Plum Crazy does tend to flop, but I use a larger tomato cage to keep it upright. Works well and gets hidden in the foliage.
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Name: krissy
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pinkmoonk
Jun 18, 2016 11:58 PM CST
I recently bought a hibiscus tree, repotted it and am babying it a little before it goes into the ground. They're so pretty!



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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jun 19, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Check out the foliage of Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm!'



Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Jun 19, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP @Pinkmoonk. That is a beautiful braided tropical hibiscus tree that you have acquired. You mentioned putting it in the ground. I just want to let you know that it will not overwinter in your zone 6a garden, as it is not a hardy hibiscus. Frost/freeze will kill it, unless it is protected indoors. I over winter mine indoors (in my unheated garage) even in my zone 8a area.
Name: krissy
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pinkmoonk
Jun 20, 2016 8:53 AM CST
Deebie said: Welcome! to ATP @Pinkmoonk. That is a beautiful braided tropical hibiscus tree that you have acquired. You mentioned putting it in the ground. I just want to let you know that it will not overwinter in your zone 6a garden, as it is not a hardy hibiscus. Frost/freeze will kill it, unless it is protected indoors. I over winter mine indoors (in my unheated garage) even in my zone 8a area.



Ahhh! Thank you for letting me know. I'll probably get a giant pot so that it can grow a little bigger and keep it indoors. Do you know which kind, if any, would do well in an outside garden for my zone?
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Jun 20, 2016 12:44 PM CST
I know that the Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) will do well in your zone. Other than that, we'll have to ask one of the experts like @Horntoad for recommendations, as he even grows quite a few of them from seed. nodding I know I grew Texas Star Hibiscus aka Scarlet Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) from seed. Here's a link to the database Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus)

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