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Hot Tropicals !

Strange as it seems, even tropical plants suffer in excessive heat. Recently a client asked me about the Hibiscus in her containers. She commented that "they all seem like they are going to bloom but most of the the time the buds just break off and die before they even bloom." Even though Hibiscus are tropical they are temperamental if they get too hot. "Bud Drop" is a sign of stress. It is occasionally a problem, especially during excessively hot weather. Hibiscus grow best in daytime temperatures ranging between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures over 95 degrees will often cause most flower buds to drop off. Hibiscus can survive temperatures even as high as 115 degrees, provided they have adequate water. When the weather is hot, it is best to maintain a steady supply of water to the plant, rather than have it go through wet/dry cycles. These containers have an automatic irrigation system so water has been fairly even. There is a lot of radiant heat on this site from brick buildings and the patio. It is also protected from wind so this outdoor room can really heat up. I suspect that radiant heat is the problem even for this sun-loving tropical.

Hibiscus "Beach Beauty"

About the Designer...

Barbara Trupp is an award-winning fine artist, photographer and floral designer. Her container designs are influenced by abstract painting. Her paintings are influenced by designs found in nature. 'Line tells the story, color sets the mood and texture reveals the quality of the artist.' Her paintings can be found in major public and private collections in the United States and Canada. Based in Chicago, her containers can be seen in Chicago and the northern suburbs. In addition to being the owner/designer of Bitterroot Garden Design she is currenty working on a photo book of floral designs.

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