Winter is finally setting in all along the Gulf Coast, the region where Tropical Hibiscus are most likely to be found. Looking back at history, areas that don’t get frost the week of Thanksgiving will probably have at least a light freeze sometime in December. Continue reading Prepare for Frost!
American Hibiscus Society – Fall Membership Meeting
November 8-10, 2013 in Tampa, Florida USA
Many new Hibiscus enthusiasts fall into their first “hibiscus frenzy” upon visiting a flower show & sale. Major hibiscus shows are run by local chapters of the American Hibiscus Society, generally in spring & summer. Hundreds of exotic hibiscus blooms are entered in competition, where they vie for the approval of AHS trained judges. Growers are usually on-hand to sell many varieties of potted Hibiscus rosa-sinensis plants, which are typically priced in the range of $10 to $40. The local chapters usually get a percentage of the sales, so these events are also major fund-raisers for the clubs.
Robert (Bob) Carran, long time member of the American Hibiscus Society and chairman of the AHS Seed Bank, passed away today after an extended illness. Bob was a great friend to many people in the hibiscus community, and spent countless hours promoting tropical hibiscus through his work with the Seed Bank. Continue reading Bob Carran
Early Summer Scorcher in Houston, Texas! On Saturday, June 29, 2013, Houston’s official high temperature was a June record of 107F!
When temperatures get over 100F, many tropical hibiscus plants left in full sun are going to wilt. By mid-afternoon, water will sometimes evaporate from leaves faster that the plant’s vascular system can transport water. Continue reading 107F Heat Wave!