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The Tropical Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is considered a woody shrub or tree which is thought to have originated in China, it has grown there for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, however, there is no official record of the original strain growing in the wild. 

The plant eventually migrated to various parts of the world including Europe and the Asian pacific and the Hawaiian Islands where it was embraced and cultured.  Hawaiian hybridist concentrated their efforts on developing new strains.  The worlds first Hibiscus Society was formed in Hawaii in 1911 where rosa-sinesis became the Hawaiian state flower in 1923.  Rosa-sinensis made its way to the United States from Havana to Philadelphia where it was first catalogued by Reasoner Brothers of Oneco, Florida around 1885.  In 1948 Norman Reasoner began a collaborative task of cataloging the flower by proper name.

Contributors to this task resided in Texas, California and Florida.  These people with the help of folks from the Palm Beach area formed the American Hibiscus Society in 1950 naming Reasoner as President.  Today there are thousands of hibiscus societies listed worldwide all with one common goal which is promoting new strains, sharing of information as well as seeds and cuttings.

There are over 200 different genera available for the world to enjoy.  Available are white, pink, red, yellow, orange, blue, black, and a huge assortment of multi colored varieties. Types range from single petals, double petals, fancy, tropical, hardy and of course the hybrids with an almost endless palate of color combinations.  Regardless of where you live, from the frigid cold of Canada or the warm climate of the Florida Keys, to experience the beauty of a hibiscus in full bloom will leave youwith a desire to add them to your garden or patio.There are many surprising health benefits of hibiscus flower.

Hibiscus plants need a basic understanding of care to thrive and produce blooms measuring from 3 to 13 inches across.  Which variety is best suited for your climate? What kind of fertilizer should be used liquid or granular? How much water do hibiscus plants require?  What causes yellow leaf?  What causes bud drop?  What can be done to eliminate pests and disease?  How much light does this fabulous bloomer need?  When should my plants be pruned? These are a few questions every hibiscus grower needs to have answered. We welcome all correspondence, pictures and especially articles whether published or not so we may share our experiences and thoughts.

We welcome all correspondence, pictures and especially articles whether published or not so we may share our experiences and thoughts.  From time to time we will invite various guest aboard for tips and tricks for growing and cultivating tropical and hardy hibiscus.