Hibiscus

Emma_DarkJune 4, 2012

I picked up a Cherie Hibiscus at home depot last night. i don't know to much about these plants. are they hardy here in the NW? any tips i should know when taking care of it?

Thanks

Emma

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Can't tell by the cultivar name but liable to be an example of tropical hibiscus, these are frequently offered. What part of the store was it in? They put most of the tender stuff all together in the house plant section, although some locally inappropriate kinds appear in the outdoor area also. There are three basic types of Hibiscus that may be seen at such outlets, if you Google this list you should be able to tell where yours falls.

Hibiscus moscheutos - a more or less hardy perennial with large thin leaves and often jumbo flowers during late summer
H. rosa-sinensis - a tropical evergreen shrub grown indoors here; many different kinds in a range of colors
H. syriacus - a hardy deciduous shrub that opens its small leaves late in the spring and flowers in summer

Otherwise there are a few tender annual types that might be stocked sometimes, I suppose

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 6:02PM
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gardengal48

'Cherie' is the cultivar name of a tropical hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis). Not winter hardy here, although can be grown outdoors during the summer months. If grown as a houseplant, watch for spider mites and white flies, both of which seem to love tropical hibiscus. Best treated with a bloom boosting fertilizer during the flower season (now through October) - weekly weakly (half strength) with any liquid fertilizer is recommended.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 4:10PM
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wynswrld98(z7 WA)

I grew a Cherie Hibiscus in a large pot last summer, did great! I used to live in Southern California and really miss hibiscus so I took a shot at it. I figured the cool nights (even in summer) here in Puyallup would make it unhappy but it bloomed for me all summer (I deadheaded and fertilized it) into fall but like others are saying treat it as an annual for all intensive purposes. I haven't seen one yet this year but if I do I'll give it another go.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 12:46AM
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