Hibiscus recommendation for Chameleon

bwanisDecember 10, 2009

Hello, I'm completely new to Hibiscuses. I am looking for a recommendation for a hibiscus to house inside of a Reptarium for my pet veiled chameleon to live with. I've selected this species as they are non-toxic to chameleons and they even enjoy ingesting the leaves and flowers from time to time. So ideally I'd like to have a plant that will thrive in the following Reptarium conditions.

It should be compact, but large enough for a 6 to 8 inch reptile to maneuver through. The bulk of the plant should not grow larger than 2-3 feet tall and no wider than 1.5 feet (it should be hardy enough to trim when it starts to outgrow the space). It should be able to handle semi-tropical humidity (approx 60%). Should be able to withstand some heat (temps will range from approx 70 to 85 degrees). I can provide any lighting needs for the plant. I've been told Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis (rose of china(?)) is a good choice. Can any one confirm this? Also, I'm looking for an online store to purchase the Hibiscus. Does anyone know where these are sold? Thanks in advance

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beachbarbie(z9a/8b NC)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is a good choice. They can be easily trimmed and there are certain cultivars that are fairly small. Most of the garden variety hibiscus, the kind normally sold in box stores, would get too big and/or are sold bigger than what you're looking for. Several online nurseries sell blooming plants that are the size you're looking for and stay on the small side.
My favorite nursery's include:
There are a few others, but they have stopped shipping out plants until the Spring.

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