Hi Beverly! Welcome to the Hidden Valley Hibiscus Anonymous
I live in Michigan (Northwest of Detroit), so I think we may share some of the same climate challenges - Our motto here in MI is: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes
" (is it the same for you, too?). My herd of hibiscus are grown primarily as houseplants - And yes, my home looks like a jungle... But I'll elaborate on that
story in another post.
Here are some more photos for your lessions in hybridizing (which I think is easier to do indoors, where you can control the climate): These are seed pods I currently have maturing on my Maui Masterpiece
... If your cross is successful, the flower will drop off and seeds will start forming in the area underneath where the flower was, creating a bulging seed pod. The pod on the left (MM x Pocahontas
) is starting to yellow (almost done
), and the one on the right (MM x Heart of My Heart
) about halfway. I'll post more pictures when the pod cracks and the seeds are ready.
Enjoy the Forum!