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Re: Hib Help? Dave..are you there?


Hi Pam and everyone

Hibs really don't like their environments changed. When you bring one in for the winter you have really changed their home and they will drop yellow leaves. Same thing for when it's time to go out again. That's why so many people don't understand why their hibs did so well all winter and then chose to go south on them in the spring when they would have thought that they should do better. You really have to harden your plants off before bringing them in or taking them back out. This will avoid the leaf loss issue.

For plants that are inside and stay that way they don't go through that change thing. Was that understandable or too wordy?

David
http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 7:20 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?


Barb - I have to drag mine in the house when it gets close to
freezing, but it doesn't happen all that often.  They seem to do fine,
but they drop some leaves if they have to be inside more than 48
hours.


On 7/11/05, Barbara Tandy <sundrops@earthlink.net> wrote:
Thanks, Dave -- my house is quite light with a strong western and good
southern exposure (a bit much at this time of year though!), one reason I
thought a Hib might be a good companion for the winter when I tend to get
depressed. The yellow or yellow/pink ones should fit the bill so I will be
in touch later. I hadn't been concerned at all about growing it, till I
started reading people's questions here and thought maybe they were more
touchy or "difficult" than I had thought.
--Barb, Grass Valley, CA
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?


> Hey Barb
>
> Well when they come from me and get to you they are filled with buds.
> After that you need to provide it with adequate light in your house to
> have it bloom through the winter. It's usually a light thing for > indoor
> plants.
>
> David
> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barbara Tandy" <sundrops@earthlink.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 10:45 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?
>
>
>> Yes I agree, and I haven't even ordered a Hib yet -- hope to this fall >> to
>> get me thru the winter, but if it doesn't bloom..... !!!!
>> --Barb, Grass Valley CA
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 10:34 AM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?
>>
>>
>>> Dave, you ought to write "Hibiscus for Dummies" for all us clueless
>>> hibiscus lovers ... put me down for a copy!
>>>
>>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>>>
>>>>> Hey Pam
>>>>>
>>>>> On any branch you want to keep you can count up three leaf nodes >>>>> and
>>>>> cut just above the leaf node or anywhere above that. Shape it the
>>>>> way you want it but always cut at a bias and never through the >>>>> node.
>>>>> Hibiscus bloom on new growth so the more you prune the more >>>>> branches
>>>>> you ultimately have meaning the more flowers you will get. But
>>>>> remember that when you cut a branch you won't see flowers on that
>>>>> branch for a couple of months so if you bring your plants in for >>>>> the
>>>>> winter that's a good time to cut. Or you can cut one branch at a >>>>> time
>>>>> and allow the others to continue to bloom. Once the new branches
>>>>> are in and budding cut another branch.
>>>>>
>>>>> Pam, what are the numbers on the Maxi you are using? They have a >>>>> few
>>>>> formulations. That stuff is popular in our area. What are the
>>>>> micro-nutrients? Does it list them?
>>>>>
>>>>> David
>>>>> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans"
>>>>> <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
>>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>>> Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 7:46 PM
>>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> David - I have been giving mine greensand and kelp (Maxicrop).
>>>>>> Nothing stronger and it seems to like it very much. Would be
>>>>>> interested to hear the pruning tips though, mine's getting a tad
>>>>>> leggy.
>>>>>> TIA
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 7/10/05, David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi Ceres
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> That sounds like tip die-off. When you lose your leaves from >>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> top down
>>>>>>> look at the wood. Is it discolored or spongy? It's a fungus >>>>>>> and
>>>>>>> you need
>>>>>>> to cut that off low enough until you get green wood. I get that >>>>>>> in
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> winter when we have the majority of the rain and it's cool. For >>>>>>> me
>>>>>>> it's the
>>>>>>> same fungus as what you might find in a refrigerator...botritis.
>>>>>>> (sp) The
>>>>>>> sooner you cut that off and can keep the newly cut ends from
>>>>>>> staying wet the
>>>>>>> better off you will be. It can eventually kill off your plant.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> David
>>>>>>> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
>>>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>>>> From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
>>>>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>>>>> Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2005 5:41 PM
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hib Help? Dave..are you there?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> > In a message dated 7/10/05 5:08:09 PM, dfranzma@pacbell.net
>>>>>>> writes:
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > << We'll talk about pruning sometime in the near future as
>>>>>>> that is
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > important to making more branches which will give you more
>>>>>>> flowers. > Also,
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > we need to talk about what to do so that you don't loose your
>>>>>>> leaves
>>>>>>> > during
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > the change of seasons. What are you feeding with and how much
>>>>>>> sun is > it
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > getting? >>
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> > David, I need this infor also. I lost my leaves on my H std
>>>>>>> this > spring
>>>>>>> > after taking it outdoors and now I have foliage on the trunk
>>>>>>> and new > at
>>>>>>> > the soil
>>>>>>> > line but none on the top branches. Guess I need to cut the
>>>>>>> top off?
>>>>>>> > Ceres
>>>>>>> >
>>>>>>> >
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>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> Pam Evans
>>>>>> Kemp TX
>>>>>> zone 8A
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