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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

PLANTING HIBISCUS SEEDS

Have you noticed those large blooms in the summer on hibiscus bushes? The flowers can measure up to 12 inches across and are composed of red, pink or white petals that are crinkled like tissue paper. They are startlingly large saucer-shaped flowers, beginning to bloom in late summer and continuing until frost. Another name for these flowers is rose mallow (that is what my mother used to call them). The plants grow 5 to 8 feet tall and are excellent for damp or wet spots in the garden. Plant container-grown plants in spring, spacing at least 3 feet apart or sow seeds in the spring. I have just now sown seeds in my flower garden. I have learned that I need to mark them so I'll know what they are when they emerge late in the spring. They like full sun but can do well in light shade. Fertile, humus-rich, moist to wet soil is what they like best. Be sure to leave plenty of room, as they do make quite a large bush-like plant.

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