HIBISCUS

Post last updated: October 11th, 2018

I was in Lowe’s the other day so I checked the Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead table.  I found a red Ixora for $2.50 and that’s about all they’re worth considering I’ve never been able to get one through the winter.

Then I wandered around looking at everything just in the outside chance that they had something cheap enough for dollars to squeak through my fingers. They did. For $4.98, I walked out of there with a tiny Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Little Tiger,’ with a yellow flower and a deep red throat.  It was full of buds, too. I planted it and something went horribly wrong. It must not like my dirt. Overnight, my yellow flower turned peachy-pink:

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Little Tiger'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Little Tiger’

I stood there looking at it in all its peachy-pink glory, planted a little too close to my large Pink Hibiscus, and shook my head. I can’t even buy a hibiscus and get it right.

It lightens up somewhat as the day wears on but nothing like the yellow it was on the day I bought it. I went hunting for the tag and sure enough, “Apricot-pink blooms, dark green foliage.” So why was it yellow at Lowes?

Hibiscus Little Tiger-1508

Sigh. I try so hard to have so little success.

8 thoughts on “HIBISCUS”

    1. Charlie – I think it’s in the right spot for now. My plants know better than to send their roots too far down because I’m always digging them up and moving them to a “better” right spot.

  1. Hi Linda ,
    Once when I was in Lowe’s I bought a crazy pink colored periwinkle. When I got it home it tuned out to be a normal looking pink. I guess the fluorescent lighting changed the colors. I sure was disappointed.

  2. That crappy store lighting…
    Did you ever look through all the sacks of taters in an effort to get good ones, and still end up with those inedible green ones?
    Can you grow tropical hibiscus outside? I think I’d plan to repot it in the autumn to bring indoors on those cold frosty nights that you still get… but cheer up… with global warming, you’ll prolly be able to grow lots of stuff (like that)… soon.

    1. Stone – They bag them taters with so much gobbledygook on the bag that you can’t see the green and shovel-sliced taters, not to mention the half-rotten ones. I’m 100% certain they do it on purpose. The hibiscus I bought last year was potted in a very large pot and moved to the greenhouse where it wintered-over nicely. The new, bargain hibiscus was planted in the ground. I’ll decide later if I want to dig it up for the winter greenhouse while I wait for global warming to arrive.

  3. I planted mine last year in pots. They were protected enough that they did not freeze. If it had gotten cold enough, I would have moved them indoors.

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