Sun requirements for hibiscus acetosella Haight Ashbury

PKponder TX(7b)April 26, 2013

I found the most gorgeous variegated hibicus at Ace hardware and although the tag states full sun, I need to know if that means full Texas sun. Anyone with experience? The blooms sound pretty but I got it for the foliage.

TIA,
Pam

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cynthianovak

Yes I have had it and have it again. It popped up at my local Ace this fall and I kept it inside all winter. It does not like frosty air....grins...but is coming back

It does like regular water, but is not as thirsty as the tropical hibiscus. It will lose it;s leaves and then put them back on. I have had it in part sun because that is what I have. It has taken several hours of afternoon sun in August and been greateful for it. It can get tall as in 6 ft tall. It blooms dark blood red velvet color flowers in late November just before it freezes here.

Would I put it in a west facing location that is arid...no.
Would I put it in a pot that gets 6 hours of sun and that I am willing to water most days? Yes! It is more colorful with more sun but it doesn't need full blazing sun to be stunning.

c

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:33PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

I agree with cynthia...morning sun will still keep leaf color without frying the whole plant. I lost mine this year. What can I offer you for cuttings?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:22AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

Thanks Cynthia! I'm thinking of adding it to one of my sunny locations, the butterfly garden. Southern exposure and it really gets hot there in the summer. I have a lot more shady areas.

Since it's zone 10, do you cut it back and overwinter inside or just get a new one in the spring?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:32AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

Misti, it's tiny now but should it grow to knee height, I'll be happy to take some cuttings! I have no idea what to trade for. Do you grow shady groundcovers? I have lots of ajuga alraedy and tons of horseherb. Are you in the DFW area?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:49AM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

pkponder I am close to Flower Mound. It will grow was past knee high and quickly! I am starting wooly thyme as groundcover. If you have horseherb would you like frog fruit?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 11:55AM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

pk..forgot to add, mulch heavily in late fall, take cuttings and root in water, pot up and keep alive until spring.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 11:57AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

Misti, thanks for the propagation tips. I'll keep you posted on the cuttings.
I love both wooly thyme and frogfruit.

I drive right through southern Flower Mound (1171) two evenings a week.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:05PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

Oh goodie, we will have to get together!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:34PM
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mistigardens(TX 7/8)

Oh goodie, we will have to get together!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:35PM
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