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Sep 2, 2015 6:01 PM CST
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!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
Today's Hibiscus of the Day is Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II').

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Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II') .

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Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II')
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Sep 3, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Salvias Roses
Region: Maryland Region: Mid-Atlantic Container Gardener Winter Sowing
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!
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Sep 3, 2015 3:25 PM CST
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises
Hibiscus Garden Art Frogs and Toads Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies
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?
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
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Sep 3, 2015 4:40 PM CST
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!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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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Sep 5, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Salvias Roses
Region: Maryland Region: Mid-Atlantic Container Gardener Winter Sowing
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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