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Tropical Hibiscus

Posted by Jake on 31 August, 2009

This year as been a poor year for my tropical Hibiscus plants. I have two tht were planted before I was here, one a singel red flower and another that blooms both double peach and red flower’s. The double flower type has given me blooms since June despite only beinf four feet tall. The single type has given me one bloom back about two weeks ago and is 4 1/2 to 5 feet tall.

I also have two that have yet to bloom this year. One last year started to griw after I moved it to a better location and bloomed out around Thanksgiving and it’s flower got burned. It also ahs unusual leaves that I haven’t seen on other types of tropical Hibiscus. The other has never bloomed, so who know’s what color it will be. I hope they both will start to bloom before the summer is over.

Peach Hibiscus

All of the tropical Hibiscus burnt straight to the ground after experiencing temperature’s down to 23 degrees. They did fine through 32f-26f, but 23f just took them out. I guess I should be lucky they are here and came back at all, I would definitely say to keep having bloom from spring to summer and sporadically through the winter they need to be grown in zone 9b,25f-30f.

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Enjoy Your Weekend

Posted by Jake on 29 August, 2009

I hope that everyone enjoy’s their weekend! I know a lot of you will find your temperature’s dropping to October temperatures, but that is okay. This time of year is when you need a taste of fresh autumn air. Unfortunately, the weather will not make it’s way here in to Florida and we are suppose to be sweltering as usual.

Daylily

Daylily

I surprisingly have a Daylily that has staretd to bloom again and it’s not Stella D., I believe this one is ‘Hyperion’. ‘Penny’s Worth’ has started to bloom again to, so yay. These two have never rebloomed in Kentucky, maybe they were to young when I planted them or it is because they bloomed a month or two ahead of when they bloomed in Kentucky. I am glad to see the showing their faces again; Daylillies are great plants to have. 

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GIANT

Posted by Jake on 27 August, 2009

I just thought today I would show you how large my Elephant Ear hs gotten.

Elephant Ear Size

Elephant Ear Size

 

I also thought I would show you how large my Castor Bean has gotten since June when a part of it broke off. It is growing much taller and fuller. You can also see how tll the Queen Palm has gotten, it has grown fairly fast as well.

Castor Bean and Queen Palm

Castor Bean and Queen Palm

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Growth of Summer

Posted by Jake on 26 August, 2009

Sometimes whe I look at some of my plants I can’t tell they have grown and other times I actually can see that they have grown. It really surprises me how fast some plants are with no eatra cre except for watering and not too much of that. These are the plants that are so rewarding becasue you can give them so little and they still pay you back.

On Easter I got an Alocasia calidora and it is a plant that I didn’t think had grown that much. Well…it has actually grown a whole lot since Easter. The leaves are a lot larger and the trunk is a lot wider.

Alocasia 'Calidora'

Alocasia 'Calidora'

Another plant that seems not to have grown very much is my Longleaf Pine. It hasn’t gotten any taller, but it has been producing quite a few new needle’s and they are longer then the needle’s it had in the spring. Apparently it should start growing at fairly fast rate in another year or two.
Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine

 

A plant that has grown fast and I can tell it by just looking at it is my Loquat. It has grown so fast and is still growing, all it does is grow constantly it never stops. I hope it produces fruit this year just because I want to have the wonderful smelling flowers.

Loquat

Loquat

Then finally I have decided to throw in a picture of some Washingtoia filifera seedlings. The reason I am including it is because they have grown so much since I planted the seeds July 6. They are very fast growers!
Washingtonia filifera Seedlings

Washingtonia filifera Seedlings

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