Hardy Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'

echinaceamaniac(7)August 1, 2014

I love this hardy hibiscus called 'Summer Storm.' It has dark foliage and the blooms are so nice. Great plant! 'Midnight Marvel' is good too, but this forum only allows one photo to be uploaded.

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nirenjoshi(7b)

I also have it and love it.
If you want to propagate, they root easily in water.
I got a clone king and see a root emerging after 10 days.
I will be taking lots of cuttings of both this and the raspberry rose hardy hibiscus.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:23PM
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greylady_gardener

beautiful! :) How large does the plant itself get?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:37PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

About 4 feet

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:48PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

Here's that beautiful foliage

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:50PM
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greylady_gardener

thanks for the info. love the leaves and the flower.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 2:01PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

Cutting rooted in less than two weeks

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:26PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Thanks, that's really good to know and sounds easy enough even for me!
Have you had any of your cuttings 'grow up' yet? I'm just wondering since I've had cuttings of some plants (not hibiscus) root, but without a properly located leaf node, they never formed a crown for next year's growth. Does that make sense?
Love those hibiscus.... I need a bigger yard. Better soil wouldn't hurt either.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:06AM
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greylady_gardener

A very nice healthy looking root system there. Do you have better success with a thicker stem? or have you compared?

Was that just in plain water or did you use rooting hormone?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:15PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

I did use Rootone. And I used Clone King - its a mist propagator I purchased online. But it seems they will root in a jar of water as well... See the link -

kato - I transferred this and a few other cuttings into potting soil. A few of the cuttings show little leaf buds. I will post another picture once the cuttings get more established. I found that pencil thick cuttings work best. I have a few thicker ones which havent formed roots yet, but I had put those just in a glass of water with some Rootone ( not in the propagator).

Here is a link that might be useful: This is what inspired me

This post was edited by nirenjoshi on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 16:43

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:40PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Nice. I might try it this spring with a cutting from the base. I should go this weekend and check a friend's yard who has several varieties.... good to see where the colors are now, so next spring I can just sneak in there and get the ones I want!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:10PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

Update -
The cutting now has new leaves

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 8:03PM
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greylady_gardener

Looking very good.
I took a cutting of Texas star hibiscus a couple of weeks ago (mid August) and it is just sitting there. No sign of roots yet.

It got rooting hormone (can't think of what kind right now) and has been in water....hopefully it will pop some roots soon.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:29PM
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nirenjoshi(7b)

Update - my cutting now even has flower buds!
This has to be one of the easiest hardy hibiscus to root and propagate. I have a few more cuttings developing roots. My raspberry rose hibiscus cuttings did not survive so I have a few of those also in my clone king.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 5:02PM
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greylady_gardener

wow, that is very encouraging! My cutting of Texas Star has finally popped some roots and has about a quarter or a third of the roots showing in your pic above of the roots on your cutting, but it is a start and I am happy with the experiment so far.
I did take a cutting of 'pink swirl' and it seems to be dying, but I am hanging in there and giving it a bit more time.

your latest pic is so healthy looking!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 6:57PM
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catkin(UDSA Zone 8)

What a statement they make! I wonder, what temps are they hardy to? Also, do the roots travel much and if so are they easy to rein in? Thank you for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 10:07PM
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