How do I repot, depth?
I inherited two, four-inch pots of Hibiscus "Raspberry Breeze." (patented var. totaly unknown to me.)
These were throw aways, from a store, last Fall.
My job was to try to keep them alive and re-establish in pots, then set out this spring (in the new pot).
I plan to use a 3" inch pot for each plant? too small?
The separating of the plants will be tricky.
It appears that they were either seeds (which is doubtfull since it is a pat. var.), or starts.
Whatever, there are three, separate plants in each Jiffy-7. They never outgrew the Jiffy 7 and have fallen away from each other, lying nearly horizontally.
I can see the stem and a bulbous, woody end that looks a bit like a corm, then roots--all intermingled in the Jiffy-7.
To transplant, I will need to either cut the Jiffy-7 into thirds or wash away the peat and try to separate the roots.
Either way, it is going to be a tremendous shock to the hibiscuses, which are lush green, with one bud.
What do you suggest for separating them? cut or wash and pull?
Next, how deep do I repot them?
If I keep all the "woody" part above ground, there will be only roots to hold the plant in place. This doesn't seem right. And just sitting on top of the soil, hanging on by its roots--will not support the weight.
If I bury bulbous woody part, it may rot. If I bury only 1/2 of it, it still wont be enough base to support the plant (and rot too?).
What is the correct depth?
This is my 1st Hibiscus.
(I grew up in Louisiana, where they grow like weeds--not so, here in Utah. --I also have to get the pH down of the soil--it and the water is sweet.)
--0h, I noticed that there is scale on the stem. A cotton swab dipped in alcohol, touched to the scale, then scraped off should take care of that?