Friday, January 23, 2015

Checking In: Luna Red Hibiscus in January



Here is a short before and after (or after-and-before in this case) when my parents gave me a red hibiscus [Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red'] that they were keeping in a planter. My dad said it would do alright in the ground, so I stuck it by the downspout in late fall. I'm hoping it comes back this spring! I only got to see ONE flower open on it so far!

red luna hibiscus in winter
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red' in January

red luna hibiscus in winter
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red' in January
Here are a couple photos from when I first put the hibiscus in, transplanting it from a container to the ground. It had a fairly warm wet Fall to hopefully develop some roots before drying up completely on top. I hope it comes back. I think this is my husband Chris' favorite plant we own, even though the tropical look doesn't at all match the north woods riverbed look I'm going for.

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red'
A couple progress photos from the day I put the hibiscus in the ground this last Fall. I used some leftover rocks from the front yard rock garden.

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red'
I documented the ONE and ONLY hibiscus bloom I saw, since I didn't get the plant until Fall it was all but spent for the season. It has a very tropical look to it, and nice color. Maybe I won't hide it behind a conifer afterall.

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