This is a collage of the photos I took of the hibiscus chimera that I almost murdered. It was my first ever hibiscus plant at My Nice Garden.
I went looking for Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant Red' which is our National Flower, the Bunga Raya. The nursery owner gave me this. I was assured that it is indeed Bunga Raya.
“Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Cooperi Alba' - A Hibiscus Chimera I Almost Murdered!”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on August 20th, 2011.
At first, I could not appreciate the beauty of my hibiscus chimera. I didn't understand why the leaves were coloured so. I thought it was because of lack of sunlight or nutrients. But, the more sun it gets, the more colourful it became. Even with fertilizers, it continued with the variation in colours but I wanted a consistent green.
So I decided to cut it down and send it to my quarantine area cum plant 'mortuary', waiting for it to die a natural death and then get dried up for easy disposal. But it didn't die, even after a few months of no food and water from me.
Meanwhile, after knowing more about this plant and looking back at the pictures I took before I hacked it down, I began to appreciate its uniqueness and beauty. I realised what I am going to loose! So I am trying to revive the half-dead plant now. This is how it looks like in the most recent photo. Now I want more variegation in the leaves but the leaves look more like uniform green :(
Wish me luck!
Andrea wrote about chimeras in her post here.
This is my entry for Fertilizer Friday, thanks to Glenda of Tootsie Time, the link is here.
This is also my entry for Today's Flowers, the link is here.