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Here is a bloom for today cultivar name is heartbreak hotel
Before and after fertilizing it and foliar spraying :D the difference is drastic
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Is it the same bloom on the same day or did I misunderstand.

I have fallen in LOVE with these flowers. We planted a tree one in our front yard and it has been going crazy! Blooms open every single day as many as five at a time.
Mine is nothing so special looking as yours, just average everyday pinky red one from lowes but dang!! :)

Roxy, where do you find the more intersting ones? I really REALLY love the one in your avatar. Obviously they aren't something you can go to the local garden center and find... at least not in a small-ish area like this one haha. We just have the basics here. I would love to have a bunch more though. Like I said, I've really fallen in love with them. Those and the passion vines...
 

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Is it the same bloom on the same day or did I misunderstand.

I have fallen in LOVE with these flowers. We planted a tree one in our front yard and it has been going crazy! Blooms open every single day as many as five at a time.
Mine is nothing so special looking as yours, just average everyday pinky red one from lowes but dang!! :)

Roxy, where do you find the more intersting ones? I really REALLY love the one in your avatar. Obviously they aren't something you can go to the local garden center and find... at least not in a small-ish area like this one haha. We just have the basics here. I would love to have a bunch more though. Like I said, I've really fallen in love with them. Those and the passion vines...

Wonderpup you should be able to get a lot at regular nurseries since one of the biggest commercial hybridizers is in FL http://dupontnursery.com/

You can see what locations recieves his flowers. I have not bought any of his hibiscus yet, i plan to get 4 from him later this month. The person I buy mine from is http://hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com/
I like Charles Blacks stuff because he breeds hibiscus for non fading colors and better bushes.

Some hybridizers just care about color and not the overall plant. No one wants a difficult bush or a plant that does not bloom alot.

I bought two plants from this vendor http://www.hibiscusplace.com/ his plants are super healthy and you get a bigger plant @ 16.95 versus hiddenvalleyhibiscus @ 14.95 ( his are healthy too but I was super impressed with hibiscusplace )

I will be buying 4 more plants in august from http://www.hibiscusplace.com/

Here are the other places you can buy from
http://www.exotichibiscus.com/blooms.cfm
http://www.strictlyhibiscus.com/
http://www.atouchofthetropics.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?%Store_Code=ATOTT&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=TP
http://fancyhibiscus.com/

Some beginner varieties can be seen here http://www.hiddenvalleynaturearts.com/acatalog/triedtrue.htm
( he has a forum to ask questions about the different plants and care)

There are 1000's of varieties you just need to ask the vendor if the plant is easy or not and to tell them your a beginner with exotic hibiscus
 

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Thankyou for the advice Roxy! I certainly don't want to kill off any new plants Hahaha. I am shocked that we don't see anything exotic here in my area at all with what you said about the first link you posted. That really sucks lol. Nobody here has anything other than the basic solid colors, it's kind of frustrating. Come to think of it, finding more exotic plants in general is difficult here. I almost pee'd myself with excitement when we found the Passion flowers at the nursery. I love love love roses and wouldn't you know it this years big seller (knock out) is one of the few varieties I cannot stand. However, it seems that all of the suppliers here in the area have only ordered the knock out roses so you cannot find hardly anything else. Alas the rose garden is going to have to wait until next year and even then I may be forced to order what I want from out of state.
 

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I am kind of shocked to know that you can’t find any in your area . You can also join or call/email these people FL has a lot of hibiscus chapters they have hibiscus shows all the time check this out .If you go to shows they have hibiscus for sell also.
http://cflhibiscus.org/
http://www.farmerbrown.org/hibiscus.html
http://www.4hibiscus.com/
http://www.hendrychapterahs.com/
Here are the other chapters with no websites
Gulf Coast Chapter/Venice FL area -- Wally Neef, 110 Van Dyck Drive, Nokomos, FL 34275 -- (941) 966-2658 May 17
Harry Goulding Chapter/Punta Gorda-Pt Charlotte, FL area -- Lou Spacco, 3261 Montgomery Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33981 -- (941) 697-0619 May 10 & November 1

I will see if there are more chapters in FL , you lucky in CA we have 0 !
Also www.fancyhibiscus.com is in FL also but be careful with this person. People from yahoo group have issuses with him. They say he gives cultivars different names which is a big deal if you hybridized the flower or looking for a particular cultivar. I emailed them about a cultivar and they told me it does not bloom well which is hard to believe when Charles from Hidden valley ( who created this plant) says its one of the best blue purple flower they have. I don’t know what’s up but I am only buying hard to get plants from fancyhibiscus and that it, if they have them etc…
 

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I'm going to maybe go back to the nursery this weekend and ask about some of the more exotic hybiscus plants. Maybe they get them but they are gone faster than the others?

I'm thinking some of my gardening may be put on hold. It's awfuly hot/humid here now, not at all pleasant. I don't do well in the super heat (lol I live in the wrong area). I'm also suddenly finding myself unable to justify the expense of new plants for this season... I have reason to believe that $$$ may be needed elsewhere. :)
 

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Beautiful flowers! Roxy, do you have any tips for keeping the cats out of them? I bought one last year and it didn't make it through the winter. I couldn't bring it inside b/c my cats are super brats, LOL!

Wonderpup, I have the same problem with plants here. For the past couple years the only petunias available, have been the light (washed out) pink and lavender. Of course I like the bold colors, like red and deep purple.
 

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Beautiful flowers! Roxy, do you have any tips for keeping the cats out of them? I bought one last year and it didn't make it through the winter. I couldn't bring it inside b/c my cats are super brats, LOL!

Wonderpup, I have the same problem with plants here. For the past couple years the only petunias available, have been the light (washed out) pink and lavender. Of course I like the bold colors, like red and deep purple.
To keep cats away I just tell them no lol they know what no is or I spry them with water hahah. The balcony i have plants on is not where the cats are allowed. I might put two plants on the bigger balcony soon since I am running out of space I will see how that goes. Hibiscus are not poisonous they might try to eat the plant up lol
 

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some updates

I am hating to of my Hibiscus plants right now ! 2 are growing so slow and no blooms ! one of the two is not branching and is not upright so I have to stake it up and use zip ties !

Heartbreak hotel again 5 blooms ( all are not in the picture)




A weird Gatorpride ( probably because I have thrips)
 
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