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I've gotten into hibiscuses in the past two years , they just keep on blooming . I have a to take them in when it gets cold and I have four more than I had last winter . With all the plants we have I'm gonna build some kind of heated shelter .

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They are beautiful. Sadly for me I am just on the very edge of the hardiness zone, some people a few miles nearer the coast and with very sheltered warm enclosures can grow them, but not in my garden.

Fernapple Level 8 Oct 11, 2019
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One of my favorite blooms, so pretty!

tinkercreek Level 7 Oct 11, 2019
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That yellow one with the bold red splotch is fabulous!

dede18 Level 8 Oct 10, 2019

That's my favorite I'm going to try rooting that one .

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I like the red ones...they make great tea, lightly sweetened with a bit of Stevia leaves

MissKathleen Level 9 Oct 10, 2019

Have to try that , I'm a tea drinker .

@Besalbub see @Allamanda’s remarks below!

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You have some beautiful Hibiscus. I especially like the yellow one!

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I used to have two hibiscus trees on the front porch but they got so big I couldn't bring them in any more. I love what I call the hardy dinner plate hibiscus as well but the sandy soil I have now it's not very good for them. I keep trying anyway.

Lorajay Level 7 Oct 10, 2019
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They are so freaken spectacular, it's worth the extra effort!

Hathacat Level 9 Oct 10, 2019
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Mine is very prolific.

Wangobango3 Level 8 Oct 10, 2019

That's what I like about them you get blooms all season .

Grab the dying blossoms and save them to make tea!

@MissKathleen you need thousands for any flavour... the actual tea hibiscus is Rose of Jamaica/ Sorrel /Bissap ie. Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

@Allamanda Thanks, I will see if that varietal would thrive in a desert climate. In the interim, I’ll continue to buy my hibiscus leaves by the pound from Republic of Tea.

@Allamanda I once ordered seeds of the H. sabdariffa, and the plants were beautifully sturdy ... then winter came, and I didn’t have a sunny enough place inside to keep them; ended up gifting them to someone with a greenhouse. From my understanding, they love the Florida climate. I was planning to make the strong hibiscus tea in the Egyptian fashion I’m glad this post reminded me of it, I’ll go order some in bulk, it’s been too long since I had some of that delicious tea smile001.gif

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BeAutiful! They're edible too.

NoPlanetB Level 8 Oct 10, 2019
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Congrats! Here where they are in their element, I have to chop mine back by several feet several times a year. We used to feed our tortoises and iguanas on the leaves and flowers, and when I remember the new leaves as spinach, and flowers in salad.

Allamanda Level 8 Oct 10, 2019

I'll have to try that I have one on my porch that needs to be cut back . I have one planted in the ground that dies off every winter and comes back in the spring , I think that's a different type . I may try to over winter one of others . I have been getting oranges on my orange tree , maybe global warming will spare them .

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