Nina and Denis are fellow hibiscus gardeners from two different towns in Croatia. Although Croatia is nestled up against the warm Mediterranean Sea, parts of it are covered in mountains and get very cold in the winter. Denis lives in a warmer part of Croatia, but still has to winter his hibiscus in a greenhouse. Nina gets heavy snowstorms at times in the winter, and her hibiscus have to spend a longer winter inside in her house or greenhouse. But this doesn't stop either of these two hibiscus aficionados, who have learned to graft and hybridize their own plants in order to increase their hibiscus collections.
Denis & Nina Graft Many Varieties
onto One Hibiscus Plant
To Save Space
Denis in his Greenhouse
Denis and Nina graft many hibiscus varieties onto one rootstock plant in order to increase their hibiscus collection without using up huge amounts of space for each cultivar. The hibiscus on the balcony (above left) has several different European cultivars grated onto a single plant that takes up very little space. Here they have grafted several exotic hibiscus varieties onto a single plant.
Here is a small sampling of Denis' and Nina's hibiscus collections. Enjoy!
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