I recently had a beautiful coral colored hibiscus that I got from a local nursery. My daughter Lindsay’s friend Brandi works at a florist/nursery and I popped in to say hello one day. While chit-chatting I noticed a lonely hibiscus looking withered and worn in a spot under the stairs. Naturally I asked about it. “Oh, it’s full of bugs.” Brandi said. “So you’re throwing it out?”, I asked. “Yup.”, she said. So it was MINE!
I took it home, set it out on my deck and gave it a work over. I plucked off the dead leaves as well as some of the older ones. Over the course of last summer the “ugly duckling” grew from about 2 feet tall to about 3 1/2 feet tall and produced lots of beautiful blooms. Like this…
Then when the seasons began to change, I had to bring it inside to over winter it the best that I could. I don’t have any sunny rooms in my house so I knew for sure that there would be no more blooms. So all of it’s energy went to getting taller.
In March, Ms. Brandi popped in for a visit and spotted the ugly duckling. Her jaw dropped. “Is that the one from the shop?”, she asked. Indeed it was. Now about 4 1/2 feet tall – lush and green but bloom-less. She offered to take it into the shop to put it in the greenhouse. I thought it would be a great opportunity to kick-start the blooming season since the proper weather for tropicals in the northeast was at least 2 months away. Apparently a lot of customers liked it too! Last month while Brandi was off for the day, one of her co-workers sold it. For……$65! C’est la vie I guess.
So I have been hibiscus-less so far this year. Until yesterday! I was in my local super-market yesterday and I found this…
It wasn’t in the greatest shape but it was a “Manager’s Special” and for $9.99 who could resist!
So after some plucking and watering, I’ll leave it alone for a few days. Don’t want to completely traumatize it! Then repot. And pluck again!
Oh, and I got another one today. It will be given the royal treatment tomorrow, weather permitting!