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Silas_Sancona

A couple from the garden, shot on the last day of March.

Smaller orange is "Carolina Breeze" Larger one is "Cajun ( or "Creole") Lady"


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gardeningben

i love "Cajun ( or "Creole") Lady"

the colors are just what i like

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Palmdude

No idea but pretty

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putu enjula

Rob, that looks like Cosmic Dancer. :)

This is my first bloom of June's Dragon... You can see that it is related to Black Dragon.

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putu enjula

Here's Black Dragon

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putu enjula

Persian Rug days 1-4

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putu enjula

Rockets Red Glare

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putu enjula

Tahitian Sophistication

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Palmdude

Angela you have an incredible collection!

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Silas_Sancona

Great blooms Angela! Tahitian Sophistication and Rockets Red Glare are stunning!. Both are on my to acquire list for the Hibiscus collection.

-Nathan-

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_Keith

Found this hibiscus in Mexico. Both pictures from the same bush. 1% of the flowers showed white and pink, the remaining flowers were all white or all pink.

That is a really cool flower. Nature is awesome, isn't it

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putu enjula

Thanks everyone!

Here's Black Dragon, Arabian Nights, & Wizard of Oz.

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putu enjula

Fifth Dimension... At opening and 2nd day...

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putu enjula

Great blooms Angela! Tahitian Sophistication and Rockets Red Glare are stunning!. Both are on my to acquire list for the Hibiscus collection.

-Nathan-

You might be able to get Tahitian Sophistication at Hibiscus Place http://www.hibiscusplace.com/index.html

And Rocket's Red Glare at HVH http://www.exotic-hibiscus.com/

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putu enjula

Cosmic Gold

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putu enjula

Oops sorry for the Black Dragon repeat!

Here is Silver Sun...

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Silas_Sancona

Thanks for the links Angela, Good to know that HVH is still in business, had heard rumors he shut the doors awhile back. Curious what you are fertilizing your plants with. As always, great pictures!..

-Nathan-

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LJG

Thanks for the links Angela, Good to know that HVH is still in business, had heard rumors he shut the doors awhile back. Curious what you are fertilizing your plants with. As always, great pictures!..

-Nathan-

Charles never shut down he simply moved his greenhouses and no longer has open houses. All mail order now.

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Silas_Sancona

Len, That's what I figured had happened. Id see HVH's site still up and good despite hearing that he had retired from selling all together. The confusion came about when some co workers of mine at the time were looking for specific cultivars to purchase.

-Nathan-

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LJG

Len, That's what I figured had happened. Id see HVH's site still up and good despite hearing that he had retired from selling all together. The confusion came about when some co workers of mine at the time were looking for specific cultivars to purchase.

-Nathan-

He is still cranking away. While he doesn't generally make the most beautiful crosses (look to Dick, Chen, Lee, etc, for those) he does make much stronger plants with better structure that grow great outside in California. I have a grown a few of the others and they always turn out leggy, many die in winter or are so weak I can't keep the bugs off no matter what I try. I do like to hear online which of the other hybridizers plants actually do well in SoCal and then buy them *if* available because some are so crazy gorgeous they look fake from photos.

Not sure if you are on FB, but if you are or if other like Hibiscus, you should going their page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/264254086998088/?fref=nf

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amazon exotics

Found this hibiscus in Mexico. Both pictures from the same bush. 1% of the flowers showed white and pink, the remaining flowers were all white or all pink.

AWESOME

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putu enjula

Thanks for the links Angela, Good to know that HVH is still in business, had heard rumors he shut the doors awhile back. Curious what you are fertilizing your plants with. As always, great pictures!..

-Nathan-

I'm still experimenting with the fertilizer. I usually use Apex palm special time release which is 13-4-12. I supplement with Kmag, Epsom salt & fish emulsion. Now sometimes I use regular miracle grow liquid and superthrive.

What is VERY important is that the middle number is very LOW compared to the N & K. Hibiscus store phosphorous and if you feed them with a lot of phosphorous (like superbloom) they will store it until it reaches toxic levels.

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Silas_Sancona

Len,

Cool, will have to add them on my FB page. Agree that some hybrids are much stronger than others. "Electric Blue" is one of those, found it to be wimpy, biting the dust in less than 2 years, despite providing it optimal conditions. Could be where id picked it up from but, compared to my other Hibiscus, it barely grew and always looked weak. Despite being smaller flowering, "Carolina Breeze" has endured pretty much everything you can throw at a Hibiscus including crossing the country twice. It is also the brightest true Orange I have seen.

Of all the crazy colored hybrids out there, the brown ones are a sight to see first hand.

Angela,

That is exactly the formula I use on mine. Differences were very clear this year. The same Medium N, low (or no) P, and Higher K fert formula is also recommended for Plumeria for the same reason. Also use Fish, Kelp and Epsom salt on all of them. High P levels can also sterilize the soil as well.

-Nathan-

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LJG

Len,

Cool, will have to add them on my FB page. Agree that some hybrids are much stronger than others. "Electric Blue" is one of those, found it to be wimpy, biting the dust in less than 2 years, despite providing it optimal conditions. Could be where id picked it up from but, compared to my other Hibiscus, it barely grew and always looked weak. Despite being smaller flowering, "Carolina Breeze" has endured pretty much everything you can throw at a Hibiscus including crossing the country twice. It is also the brightest true Orange I have seen.

Of all the crazy colored hybrids out there, the brown ones are a sight to see first hand.

Angela,

That is exactly the formula I use on mine. Differences were very clear this year. The same Medium N, low (or no) P, and Higher K fert formula is also recommended for Plumeria for the same reason. Also use Fish, Kelp and Epsom salt on all of them. High P levels can also sterilize the soil as well.

-Nathan-

I need to get that plant. I saw the photo of yours and it is a nice variety for sure.

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ThunderSRQ

Unfortunately, most of my tropical hibiscus got "whacked" by a couple of record cold winters here in 2010 -- but this one has done the best and is my personal fav re: it's colors (I had a very beloved Shiloh Shepherd named Stormy, so it's extremely cool that this particular variety has done so well...)

Stormy Rainbow

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And, although this one isn't tropical, I really like the "fluffy" look and especially the way each flower changes from pink to white (Hibiscus mutabilis aka 'Confederate Rose')

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aztropic

Here's an interesting variety I saw down in Cuba.

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Mesa,Arizona

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Cindy Adair

I saw and photographed this one on the post trip to Cuba, too. It almost seems variegated (virused?)

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Silas_Sancona

Aztropic, Cindy,

Looks like Hibiscus schizopetalus, aka Japanese Lanterns.

See these alot here in FL. Large sized specimens full of flowers are quite a sight up close.

-Nathan-

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Cindy Adair

Aztropic, Cindy,

Looks like Hibiscus schizopetalus, aka Japanese Lanterns.

See these alot here in FL. Large sized specimens full of flowers are quite a sight up close.

-Nathan-

I agree. However the large bushes I've seen have made me hesitate, because of their overall form. Perhaps with some pruning to keep them more compact I'd like them better?

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Silas_Sancona

Cindy,

I've seen Hibiscus pruned to maintain a more compact stature that looked great, and others pruned the same way that always looked sparse or sickly. With the species you got pictures of, the nicest ones I see around town seem to be the ones that get a yearly hair cut, but still maintain their somewhat natural form. Turk's Cap, a Hibiscus relative, also looks best, imo, when pruned a little. Too much and all you end up with is a lot of sticks and not much foliage.

-Nathan-


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colin Peters

They only one I have a Hibiscus kokioula, clayi endemic to Kauai. Been in the ground about 12yrs.

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tank

Don't have much to contribute compared to some of the crazy colors posted here, but here is one of the Florida natives I'm growing in my yard.

Hibiscus coccineus

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Hillizard

Here's a bloom off my Hibiscus cultivar 'All A Flutter." I got it a couple of years ago from the garden area of a big box store here in NorCal. It's definitely one I'll be grafting onto my Hibiscus 'Brilliant" standard once the weather cools off a bit. This line of cultivars is promoted here: http://hibiskissinfo.com/varieties/

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Palmaceae

Here is one in my garden, no idea of the cultivar but I like it!

 

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tropicbreeze

"Orange Lantern"

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Brad Mondel

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Hardies:

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I successfully crossed this pink 'perfect storm' with coccineus and the seeds are developing. This will be my first successful hybrid! I'm trying to create a more tropical looking hardy hybrid. All syriacus pods abort that are crossed with rosa sinensis but I still keep trying. 

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Hillizard

This is the first bloom on my Hibiscus cultivar "James Bond." It has a license to thrill... ;)

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Hillizard

Here's my Hibiscus 'Bridal Veil' (6.5 in. in diameter). Handles heat well here, grown in partial shade.

 

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Hillizard

I subjected my Hibiscus standard 'Brilliant' to 12 grafts this year, and amazingly all of them were successful. :)

Now I no longer have to overwinter a dozen separate varieties in my sunroom each year. This standard will likely end up looking like a Frankenstein monster plant with different leaves and growth rates, but it's worth it for the savings on room and maintenance. I'll post an image when a few different blooms appear later this year.

I've done this before in other locations, whenever space saving was a priority.

 

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