How Long to Bloom

toryander(z4 UT)August 23, 2005

I have a hibiscus bush in a pot in my garden room. It looks to be doing really well. It has many bloom pods at the end of each stem (I'm guessing that's what they are). Every day before work I run out to have a look hoping to see blooms. More pods are appearing and some seem to be getting bigger, but no blooms. Seems like this has been going on for a couple of weeks. Am I going to see any blooms you think? It's nearing the end of August already and I live above 5000'. Sigh, seems alot of things die before they get started up here.

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beachbarbie(z9a/8b NC)

Is it root bound? That's one of the first things I check when one of my hibiscus isn't blooming. Either that, or it may want to be fertilized.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 7:23PM
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toryander(z4 UT)

Thanks for the input, Barb. I actually saw color starting to issue forth from one of the buds this morning. Maybe something is going to happen soon. On the other hand, now that you mention it, I don't use much fertilizer. Perhaps I will try a little more.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 1:17PM
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Oliver_Shagnasty(East NC)

Don't do anything ---- you have buds ---- give them time.


    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 5:11AM
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toryander(z4 UT)

It's blooming! Great big purple blooms. I've been waiting all summer for something to happen and was wondering if the autumn freezes would arrive before the blooms. This is my second year trying to grow hibiscus. Last year I had a small, single stem hibiscus which bloomed until I didn't water it enough. This year my potted hibiscus (I bought from the nursery) has grown into a bush. Lots of buds all over it. I don't want it to die this winter, but it's pretty big to move into the house. Can you cut these back?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2005 at 1:29PM
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