Growing Hibiscus: Eye Candy for Your Yard---A Photo Journal
Vibrant, Showy Plant
The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.— Joseph B. Wirthlin
Over the weeks that this article has been in publication, I have been adding new photographs of these prolific bloomers. Adding photographs of some new ones today.
The hibiscus is one of those flowers that make the passer-by pause if not stop to view it. It is sassy and perky and waiting to be noticed. My yard is usually filled with them but last year's winter here in north central Florida zapped them.
.The pots that housed them were so large I was unable to move them inside as is my custom. I covered them with quilts and still that was not enough cover. They succumbed in the cold.
I have begun acquiring them again and hope to once again be surrounded by these flowers. They are so hardy and demand little. Smaller pots were used for these hibiscus so they could be brought inside. This spring they will be transplanted to larger pots.
Each new bloom is more elegant than the last.
Learn How to Prune Your Hibiscus
Another Beauty Has Shown Her Face
I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.— Edna St. Vincent Millay
Since the hibiscus is found around the world in warm to tropical zones, it is not surprising that photographs of them are posted on sites from various countries. A few of the links to some lovely photographs are shared here:
http://trop-hibiscus.com/ (beautiful tropical hib.)
German site with fotos
The hibiscus is of the family: malvaceae or mallow and the genus: hibiscus. The origin of the word, hibiscus, is from Latin from Greek, hibiskos marsh mallow.
This is an interesting grouping of plants. Although it is native to Europe and southeastern Africa it has found roots here in North America as well. Generally it is found in marshy areas often near the sea .
This is a woody, perennial, coming back year after year, beautifying the landscape when it blooms once again.
The Althaea officinalis was the original source of the marshmallow (you know, the ones we like to skewer and flame and devour). Another edible mallow, abelmoschus, is okra.
Cotton from which so many of our favorite clothes and bed coverings come from is from the genus gossypium which too is a relative of the hibiscus. Jute too is another product of this group of plant.
Other species are used to make beverages (soft drinks or tea), cosmetics, and some medicinal products.
Besides beauty, this lovely flower offers us more.
Happy Little Alice in Wonderland Flowers
January 3, 2013
It is now winter and my glorious hibsscus is still greeting me with its lovely face. Notice the color is now a pinkish hue rather than the vibrant red of the summer months.
Loveliness greeted me this third day of January 2013...
January 12, 2013
Waiting to Blossom
This plant just keeps on giving
A Variety of Blooms
Not surprisingly, the hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii as it likes the tropical climate. The yellow hibiscus was selected in 1988 as the official state flower. No distinction in color was made prior to that time but the gorgeous yellow one was chosen to reign supreme according to 50states.com.
The hibiscus that we enjoy in our yards can display one of many faces. A few are:
- single: five petals
- crested single: five petals with extra petals that are known as petaloids
- double: five petals with numerous petals coming out from the base
- cup and saucer: five petals with petaloids arranged so that it gives the effect of a cup and saucer.
It is possible to grow your own new hibiscus by making cuttings of the woody portion of your mother plant. The step-by-step procedure is shown and explained at the link which follows. I have never tried this but plan to after viewing the explicit directions found at the site below.
Other important information including how to prune the roots is also provided at the same link.
Due to the fact that there are so many varieties of these glorious plants, they are found tucked in numerous areas throughout our world. Australia is home to many hibiscus that I only wish one day to have the opportunity to view up close and person.
In 997, a lovely hibiscus named Australia Remembers was shown to the world. It was so named to commemorate fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War I.
Seven weeks later...my best bloomers
This plant just keeps giving and giving
tropical hibiscus (Rosa-silensis)
hardy hibiscus ( hibiscus syriacus)
3-6 inch blooms (hybrid: 1- inch)
(up to) 12 inch
varied: scarlet, orange, yellow, white
raspberryish, hot pink, mauve, rose, plum
dark green, glosy
medium green, heart shaped (or large lobed)
full sun or partial sun
Soni2006 and Erin Gorney share hibiscus with us.
Soni2006 has written about the hibiscus's beneftis which is very informative. You will also find out where to purchase the hibiscus extract on line.
Erin Gorney has written a most informative hub on the variety of ways we can use the hibiscus. I had no idea so am excited to share this with you.
Never too many
My goal is to once again have an abundance of these lovelies welcoming all who chance to spy them as they pass my little corner of the world. My motto regarding these plants is that you can never have too many. The choices are almost limitless. The range of color, the sizes, the bloom style and the hardiness (tropical or hardy) are possibilities for you to explore. Hybrids have been developed and are being developed as this is being composed.
If you are not familiar with these plants, go to your neighborhood nursery for your best view of them. You may also catch a glimpse of them in your neighbor's yard. On line you can view many as well but seeing them in person is the best way to see how truly beautiful they are.
Beyond the fact that they really are exotic like the bromeliad is of which I have written, they are easy care plants. You can almost plant them and forget them. Except you will not do that because you will be adoring them so often as they are quite intoxicating. Just know which type of plant you have, tropical or hardy, so when it is cooler you are prepared to take necessary precautions to insure a safe transition to the cold months.
You will find these are a welcome addition to the lovely plants that you have chosen to give a home in your yard.
2 Monthsafter the First Pictures Were Taken, Spectacular Blooms Almost Daily
Grow hibiscus from cuttings
Growing hibiscus from cuttings
To grow hibiscus from cuttings:
- Remove a branch from the Mother plant.
- Remove leaves and cut the base at an angle.
- Place in pot with potting soil mixed with vermiculite.
- Keep moist and warm
- In about ten days leaves sprout.
- These (pictured) are just getting their first leaves.
More to know
If you would like to know some unusual uses for the hibsiscus, greasy.com has a number of those to share. One of them is that adding the leaves to your bathwater will soften your nature and help rid you of any negativity towards others. I wonder if it will keep those feelings from creeping in at all.
There is so much to learn and know and discover about this plant. I have discovered so much by investigating one of my favorite plants. There is so much more I have to learn.
© 2012 Patricia Scott
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