hibiscus seedlings in progress

merkityMay 11, 2014

i have a little over a dozen seedlings in progress right now. interesting thing i have two different leaf types going on. these are the ones that were unexpected...

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merkity

these are the normal ones....

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:06PM
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butterfly4u

Merkity,
The unexpected ones don't look like hibiscus.
Sorry.
They remind me of oak trees. LOL.
Interesing though, see if they bloom.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 9:02PM
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merkity

this batch of seedlings came from pods i harvested off my plants. most of them are either red double or butterfly pod parents. There is a variety of hibiscus with "fascinating foliage" aka these tri-lobed leaves... it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of flower i get from them. i only have to wait another year or two...

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 9:53PM
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Gutzmek(6)

Merkity,

Curious to see what you get. I have 8 seedlings from over a year ago that are growing well. They are hybrids from some strains with good genetics.

This past fall I crossed a lot of unusual varieties. Many with Pinot Noir genes that are producing the unusual leaf patterns.
Picture attached.
Ed

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 9:57PM
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merkity

those look great! nice and green. so far my funny leaves are holding - your tri-lobes are a lot smoother looking than mine. I am bad at feeding mine - need to fertilize them more often. I think i figured out that my current batch is about a year and a half old. my first two seedlings are about 3 years and one is producing the very first flower bud :) can't wait! I have a bunch more seeds that need to be sprouted - but until i clear my counter, i don't have room to grow them - gotta kick this batch o' seedlings outside!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 10:07PM
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Gutzmek(6)

I have to laugh at the room issue. I have about 40 growing tropical, 40 seedlings, 30 growing cuttings and several hardy varieties. The wife is beginning to get agitated as we have hibiscus everywhere!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 10:22PM
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merkity

LOL yep. i was on orchidboard the other night, someone started a thread of growing areas and i realized that mine had expanded rapidly...our kitchen bar, the top of the birdcage, my sons room, one in the bathroom, our front patio and hubby is now helping with food stuffs in the backyard! yikes!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 10:34PM
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Gutzmek(6)

Haha. Every available flat space that either has sunlight or artificial is used. You know it is bad when the wife wakes you up at 3 AM because the cat has pulled a growing cutting down and is chomping away.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 10:51PM
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merkity

lol - yep our youngest cat has been knocking one of my poor cattleyas off the dresser - its now sporting several broken bulbs :( guess i have to find it different home or anchor it down.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 11:08PM
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