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Brugmansia and Hibiscus

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Donna11-Apr-06 03:29 PM EST 5b   
Rocks19-Apr-06 08:15 AM EST 6b   
Erin20-Apr-06 02:59 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Brugmansia and Hibiscus
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 11-Apr-06 03:29 PM EST

Someone gave me a couple of stems cut off there Brugmansia plants.They are about10 inches tall and have 3 sets of leaves.I,m wondering if I should be fertilizing them now? Also the hibicus I brought in last fall has been having some blooms this winter.I haven,t been fertilizing it either.Should I know and also should I prune it at all?I would appreciate some help.

Subject: RE: Brugmansia and Hibiscus
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 19-Apr-06 08:15 AM EST

I'm assuming that the brugs are rooted and potted? If so then yes, by all means, you can fertilize now with a formula for good root growth (10-52-10). I've done that a few times with my rooted cuttings which are in small pots at the moment. I will soon pot them up into their permament large pots (at least 10 litres in size-one cutting per pot-they get huge!) and put them outside and let em grow, after proper hardening off of course...brugs put out in direct sun before getting used to it will burn easily, so be careful. After they get settled in their new pot and you can see that they are actively growing ,you can change the fertilizer to a flowering formula (15-30-15) to encourage flower production. Brugs are heavy feeders, so keeping them on a regular feeding schedule all season is essential for good flowering. I usually fertilize once a week or so. If this is your first try at growing brugs you won't be disappointed! The flowers are gorgeous and the evening scent is even better! Good luck and let us know how they turn out. As for the hibiscus, I'm sorry but I can't help you there as I've never grown one...the brugs keep me busy as it is! I'm sure there's someone here with Hibiscus experience that could help you.

Subject: RE: Brugmansia and Hibiscus
From: Erin
Zone: 6a
Date: 20-Apr-06 02:59 PM EST

I also have a hibiscus that has been blooming all winter. Like you I have not been fertilizing it. I did prune it some last fall when I brought it inside, just enough to keep the shape, I don't want it to get too large as I don't have alot of room for it indoors. I have been putting it outside now, bring it back in when night time temps have been below 5C here. I have found the most important thing to do for my hibiscus is to repot it every year. I will do this soon, once I can be sure it is okay to leave it out all the time. I use a rich soil for repoting, add some compost and some peat as a topdress or mulch to hold mositure in our hot dry summers. I hope this helps!

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