Large 4 o'clock

rouge21_gw(5)July 20, 2012

Each year I tell my wife "no more 4 o'clocks next year" but somehow she gets one or two by me. This one is particularly large. That is what full sun and some regular watering will do:

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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

What beautiful colors!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 1:32AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Thanks mytime. This particular specimen is the largest I have ever had for a "4 o'clock". Right now it is close to 3 feet by 3 feet and it started from seed this past spring.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 7:51AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Fantastic! Wish the screen had scratch'n'sniff!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 8:17AM
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denninmi(8a)

So, why wouldn't you want something like that? Beautiful, and the fragrance is delightful.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 8:23AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

To me it just takes up so much space given that the flowers are open only early morning and early evening.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 8:52AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how did she sneak a 4 by 4 foot plant in there??? ... lol

and i hope you know.. they open at 4 oclock in the afternoon .. and what is left in the morning are near dead ... and i bet .. you arent in the garden whiffin them at 4pm ....

i have them near the deck/patio.. where i like to sit in the evening.. and having just opened .... they are delightful ... and serve quite a purpose in that position ...

soo.. if she insists .. perhaps a better location would make you happier about tolerating them ... at which point.. it becomes a marital issue.. and i have nothing left to say ... lol ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 11:03AM
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eahamel(9a)

That's an outstanding 4 o'clock! Do you know what variety it is?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 4:53PM
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eahamel(9a)

You should save the tuber from this one and plant it next spring.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 5:07PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

in z5.. its not worthwhile to save the tuber ... you save seed ..

and apparently sneak them around the yard.. lol ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 6:16PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

ken_adrian wrote: i hope you know.. they open at 4 oclock in the afternoon

Ken, what made you think I, obviously one who regularly grows this Mirabilis something or other, was unaware of this most dominant feature for a plant colloquially known as a "4 o'clock"? Sometimes you do hurt my feelings ;).

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:30AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

eahamel, I do not know the name of this particular 4 o'clock. This year my MIL started this plant from seed and brought it to us a 3" high plant. Into the garden it went and this location receives about 8 hours of full sun. That coupled with some water and fertilizer has resulted in this very large specimen.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 10:24AM
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eahamel(9a)

Rouge, it would be a good idea, then, to keep the tuber and plant it next spring. I don't know how to do that, they grow wild here and the tuber doesn't freeze, but someone can help you with that, I'm sure.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 12:10PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

eahamel I have been toying with this idea just to see how much a head start one would get with a live tuber over a seed.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 2:48PM
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john3(7a)

Here in western NC, sometimes the tubers survive and other times they don't. Heavy winter snowfalls seem to rot(?) them. Had some 'Limelight' plants in a clay pot last year. Put the container in my crawl space, never watered, and forgot they were there. When I went to add that pot's soil to other, I found the tubers with sprouts -- ready for a new season. So, they do not need pampering over winter to successfully revive the next year. AND, I find they don't start opening till the 7-8p hours. With daylight savings, they should open during the 5p hour, but never do for me. Should be renamed 'Whenever o'clocks'! So, give give storing the plant's tubers, when frost/freeze ends the plant's season. Hearty luck to ya!!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 3:25PM
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