Hibiscus forum: HELP Mutabilis

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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 23, 2014 2:34 PM CST
My H. mutabilis cutting, nursed in the greenhouse since January, planted out too early in spring (dropped all its pretty leaves but grew new ones after I gave it a plastic bottle cloche to protect it from the cool nights) has had its single shoot broken off. There is a tiny bud near the base of the cutting just barely peeking, but I worry it won't grow much to speak of with all the delays this season already in terms of warm weather, and I sort of planned my garden around it this year. What do you think? Should I search out new cuttings? Where would you recommend I buy a plant if it comes to that?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 23, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Now that it's warmed up it should start growing fast since you see a leaf bud at the base. Since your night time temperatures are still in the 50's & 60's I'd put the bottle back on it at night so it will hold in the heat and warm up the soil a bit faster. Feed it at least once a week.
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 23, 2014 9:15 PM CST
Wow, feed it once a week? Well no wonder it only had one shoot! Okay, baby, Mama's coming to save you... tomorrow, lol...

Thanks much, Anne.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
May 23, 2014 9:52 PM CST
Once a week, but only stuff like miracle grow - the 1 tbs per gallon stuff - no time release for now.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 24, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Okay--I have some Superthrive, will try that.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
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Xeramtheum
May 24, 2014 12:38 PM CST
No .. personally I don't know what the big deal is about that stuff .. I've done tests with it on numerous plant genus and families and find that just plain water does a better job in a lot of cases - especially plants with fuzzy leaves. It's definitely not suppose to replace fertilizer - it's suppose to be (best description I've seen ... ) Flintstone vitamins for plants.

Real food would be best.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 24, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Oh, okay. I used it last year and the year before but also noticed I didn't see much results--which is why I still have some left. I just remembered I did recently buy some blue stuff--from Jack's/JR Peter's. Any experience with that?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
May 24, 2014 1:32 PM CST
If it's the 1 tbs per gallon that should do it.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 27, 2014 1:31 PM CST
Just to correct myself: it's Algoflash--not Superthrive--that I have. I didn't like it all that much, though. I'm doing the Jack's.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
May 27, 2014 1:38 PM CST
Never heard of that one.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Salvias
Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 27, 2014 7:30 PM CST
It's a liquid fertilizer--supposed to have grown a record-breaking carrot or some such. I didn't expect to break records, but I didn't get much more than I figure a cheaper fertilizer would give me, so stopped buying and using it halfway through last year.

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