Have you ever seen a weirder looking flower than that? It's a hibiscus and of course as you see now we're going to show you all sorts of more common and different colors hibiscus. They're beautiful this time of the year. While you're looking at all these different color ones and different blooms, I want you to listen to what I'm saying because you have to be careful in selection of the hibiscus.
First of all be sure that they don't have any insects on the bottom of the leaves, whiteflies are the main problem. If you do have whiteflies on the ones that you have growing in the landscape, you can use something like Orthene or Diazinon. You have to be careful not to use something like Malathion, which will defoliate them.
Also you want to be careful of the hybrids that you're purchasing. Some of the hybrid Hibiscus types actually will burn up; the blooms will burn up in full sun so you want to be careful on the selection. I would talk to a nurseryman that's got a good supply of hibiscus and one that knows what's going on. So he will have a good supply of insect free ones and also have the ones that are more adapted to the area.
Some hibiscus will basically be perennial here and some will not, so you want to make sure that you choose the right one. Of course, some of the foliage that you can see here looks like its got virus on it but actually that's variegated foliage, and that's normal. So hibiscus is a wonderful plant for this area if you chose the right one, and if you get a disease free one.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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