Friday, March 18, 2011

Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical hibiscus should be treated as an annual unless you have a nice place to keep them when the temperatures get cold.  They can't take a freeze at all and I've never had success over-wintering them outside.  My wife, Jo, loves them though and always wants one.  She particularly likes the orange ones.  This week is her birthday, so when I saw this one at a nursery the other day, it had to come home with me.  This variety was developed by Dupont Nursery right here in Louisiana, and it is called "Cajun Orange."  It has a lovely "dreamsicle" orange color that doesn't show as well on the computer. 

I planted it in this large pot which it will fill out quite well in a couple of months.  Hibiscuses can get long and lanky, so I recommend you snip them back once they start getting too tall.  They will bloom all the way till frost if you keep them well-watered and fertilized.  They must have full sun to thrive. 


meemsnyc said...

I love hibiscus and kept mine indoors all winter. Then I discovered that it had aphids. That one is a really pretty color.

Becca's Dirt said...

I forgot that I planted one last year. I will check it when I get home today. My others I planted are taking on new growth. None of them have flowered for me yet. That one is so pretty. Have a great spring weekend.