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This is a discussion on Hibiscus within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I just past a local nursery that was running a sale on them..Two 10" pots ...

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    I just past a local nursery that was running a sale on them..Two 10" pots for $25...I was tempted, LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    Pretty pictures Ron! Rose of Sharon never fails to impress... I used to work at a garden center in Lake Zurich IL, and the Rose of Sharon cultivars were some of our best-selling perennials...people just loved them, and we could barely keep them in stock! The dinner-plate sized hibiscus plants were the same deal...they used to come in red, pink and white, and man were they impressive!!! I believe back in '04 when was when they were first hitting the market, and we used to sell 10" pots of them for about $20...I wonder what they cost now! We couldn't keep those in stock either, LOL... (I only know because I was the one constantly lifting the pots to refill the benches!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdoc5968 View Post
    I'm sure you know this, Ron, but there are winter hardy Hibiscus. I don't believe they are anywhere as breath-taking as these but.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    These 2 are winter hardy hibiscus. I do know there are ones that are 8-9" across as well, that are winter hardy...different species. They are in bloom now as well.
    As Ron mentioned, RoS is a hibiscus -- simply a winter hardy shrub version. My sister's gets pristine pure white flowers. My folks' has lavender flowers with a red/maroon 'eye'/center. I thought I had a pic of the other type of winter hardy hib -- Hibiscus moscheutos -- on hand but can't find it Often referred to as 'dinner plate' hib's because the flowers can literally be that large. My folks have a nice red one -- 'Lord Baltimore'. Here's a link to a google image though it doesn't do the flower justice: Google Image Result for http://www.beautifulbotany.com/STOCK%20G-I/Hibiscus%20moscheutos%20'Lord%20Baltimore'.jpg

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    Very nice Ron. I've tried them once but they didn't make it through the winter. Obviously not a hardy variety. Incidently, here in the UK, our Rose of Sharon is a completely different plant, Hypericum calycinum.

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    This is my hibiscus sinensis. It blooms steadily all summer although the flowers only last a day or two...which is a pity because they are so magnificent. As you can see they are huge, almost half the size of the plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    Very nice Ron. I've tried them once but they didn't make it through the winter. Obviously not a hardy variety. Incidently, here in the UK, our Rose of Sharon is a completely different plant, Hypericum calycinum.
    I call Hypericum calycinum, St. John's Wort

    Giovanna...that is a stunning colored tropical Hibiscus! Lovely!

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    All this hibiscus talk now had me craving for one.
    So when I saw some on sale at the garden center, I bought this red one.
    Flowers last only for a couple of days though.



    Once I can confirm that they can survive the winters in the GH, I can get some more. Perhaps different colors when they become available.

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    Lovely hibiscus! We are hooked on them. Every time I go to south FL I beg cuttings. Here is some of my summer garden. I grow them outdoors in 14 inch pots and put them in the garage in winter. They are cut back to 12 inches or so every spring and I have 6 footers (the plants, not the blooms!) by mid summer. Hope you like them.
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    WOW that first one is a beauty...I have never seen one like that before. When you prune back this year can you root a cutting of that one for me?

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    I'd be happy to send you some cuttings, Ron! The blooms are about golf ball size with young plants but they get larger as the plant matures. They have small root balls so do well in pots for me. I dont' know the name of the first one - the person I got cuttings from called it a 'Chinese Hat'. The peach is 'Capitola Sport (sp?)'.

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