Houseplants forum: Hibiscus help

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Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
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seaecho
Aug 12, 2017 6:53 PM CST
I had a tri-color hibiscus for about 12 years. It recently declined, despite everything I tried, and finally died. I loved this plant. Sorry to say I don't know its name--just tri-color. I got it from someone on ebay who no longer seems to grow them.

I'd love to get another, but I see there are several variegated varieties. I wouldn't mind a green/white variegated (doesn't have to be a tri), but I want it as a house plant, as was my last one. It was happy in my west window, a few hours of sun a day, pebble tray and misting. Stayed inside year round. I don't want a plant that is delicate and will die on me. Online I've seen there are rosa-sinensis, sea hibiscus, Cooper's, etc. and I am confused as to what to get. I need something I can trim to stay about 2.5 to 3 ft. high, like my previous one did.

Can anyone help? Easy growing, can trim/pinch occasionally, variegated and not too delicate are my requirements. THANK YOU!
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids
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lauriebasler
Aug 13, 2017 12:49 AM CST
Hi Seaecho:

I found a nice site for Hibiscus.
http://www.hiddenvalleyhibiscu...

I googled what hibiscus is best for indoors, and Hibiscus Rose of Sharon was the one mentioned. But, all I know here is what I have googled. I have never tried one indoors. I am so impressed you kept one for 12 years. It's great you are going to fill that spot with another one. I hope some one is growing hibiscus inside as you have and will come along with some expert opinions.

Good luck.
Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
There is ALWAYS room for one more p
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seaecho
Aug 14, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Thanks, Laurie. I will check out the link. I keep reading about Rose of Sharon. But I hear that one grows HUGE.

I didn't think it any big deal to grow a hib indoors because I didn't know any better, lol! I also have a Croton that I've had for 16 years, in my ARID climate with no pebble tray, and although it's thinned out a bit, it's still going strong! I can't understand why some are so hard for me to grow, and others (that people insist need loads of humidity) do well for me. It's a real mystery.

I have a great love for variegated plants. The blooms aren't that important to me, although I do really enjoy my orchid blooms. I think, for right now, I'll just go ahead and get a Snow Queen, since the shipping on hibs is so expensive. Can't really afford to get two when the shipping is as much or more than the plant! Thanks for your help!

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