Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Six Years and a Little Miracle Gro

When we took our first trip to Hawaii in 2002, one of the souvenirs we brought back was a ready-for-planting shoot of a hibiscus plant. I think we got it at the ABC store for a couple of bucks.

First flower in six years. (08/12/08)
First flower in six years. (08/12/08)

When we got back home, we planted it in a pot, and amazingly it continues to survive. The only problem was the plant never flowered. But that all changed today!

Yes, after six years of being nothing but green, the hibiscus plant finally opened up with a burst of color. Why it took so long, I'll never know. But when I asked Tim about it, he said he had started giving it plant food. Who'da thunk that plant food would make such a difference? :)

Coincidentally, I bought this hibiscus plant shoot on the same trip where I bought the Kona coffee plant that first bore fruit in 2005 and again in 2006. I guess everything I grow is a late bloomer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow...who knew plant food would help a plant grow? Ha...just kidding. Beautiful flower though!!

Does it smell as good as it looks?