Monday, July 23, 2012

Growing Hibiscus

Hello folks ! Took a little break from my blogging to attend to my tiny garden in the balcony.

So far I have almost neglected the "Spade" and the "Brush" part of my blog.  Recently, one of my readers also rightly pointed out the the absence or lack of it (spade-work and brush-work) in my blog and this prompted me to complete this write-up which was lying in my draft folder.  Hibiscus is one of my favourite flowers.

Hibiscus or Shoe Flower as it is commonly called is a very pretty flower and I have two of these - one orange coloured one and another yellow coloured growing in my tiny balcony. Though I would like to add a few more of these beauties, I am unable to do so due to space constraint.
However, I have managed to make up for this deficit by photographing various type of these species during our travels and now I have quite a collection of their photos

Orange Hibiscus
Growing in my Balcony

Since this is a perennial plant, you get to see at least one flower on your plant practically everyday and I feel its a wonderful sight to see it first thing in the morning.

Yellow Hibiscus
Also growing in my balcony

Its botanical name is Rosa-Sinensis. though the physical structure of these flowers is common to all the species, a few of them do deviate from the normal ones. Then there are the hybrid varieties too. Incidentally the ones which are growing in my balcony are the hybrid ones. I have recently come to know that birds are not attracted to the hybrid variety but regularly visit the common variety. In comparison, the common varieties are hardier than the hybrid ones.

Pink Hibiscus
This pink one was taken in one of the gardens in Devanhalli

This plant can be grown easily and needs little maintenance or care. However, watch out for those aphids. These aphids are tiny little creatures and if not treated early, they generally destroy the plant. Mine nearly did. But it survived after I sprayed it with diluted detergent water which is a home remedy for these aphids.

Orange Hibiscus
This orange one was shot at our village in Katapady, Udupi district

Red Hibiscus
This photo also taken from our village in Katapady, Udupi District

Cream & Maroon Hibiscus
Yet another Cream and Maroon one also from our village in Katapady, Udupi District

This tiny red one is growing in frontyard of our Katapady house

 Red Hibiscus
This beauty is growing in our village in Katapady

I am sad to say that both my Hibiscus plants have recently wilted due to our constant travel.

For Botanical name, gardening tips and in general, you may find the following links useful.


  1. wow so cute and beautiful flower.. super catchy clicks..

  2. Hi,The pictures are real pleasure.I also like hibiscus.The colours are too good.I liked it.

  3. Seeing these lovely pics takes me back to my nani's garden which is full of flowers and beautiful plants. Lovely clicks!

  4. Lovely photos. I forgot to mention that I visited your Flickr stream earlier. Your work is absolutely wonderful!! I loved your paintings.

  5. Hi Shobha ,

    I'm a Garden lover ...Looks ADORABLE !!!

    Neat presentation :)

    Keep up this good work...

  6. wonderful clicks .. you have these at your place now ?

  7. absolutely fascinating cliks it
    Tasty Appetite