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Transplanted hibiscus not flowering

When my granddaughter moved South she gave me a variegated hibiscus from her garden. I planted it in a sunny spot in the garden around 4 years ago. Unfortunately it has never flowered with me- not even a tiny bud!!  Do I leave it or do I dig it up?
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    I’ll await answers as well,  I’ve had one for years, lovely healthy looking plant, never had a flower. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,669
    Hibiscus aren't normally a hardy plant in the UK.  In the right conditions and climate ( think South Mediterranean ) they can be quite vigorous.
    I don;t know the variegated variety but usually variegated plants are often "weaker" in their growth.
    The choice is yours of course but if it isn't flowering at all at that size/age, it is perhaps time to call it a day and think of something else more suitable :)

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    It won’t get that climate here Philippa,  it’s hardy though,  had it for about  8 years, could be more.  One of the first I bought when I started this garden. 
    Would it be better in your garden? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,669
    I don't really know Lyn.  I've never attempted them in the UK.  I just remember the one I had in Spain.  I'm pretty sure it had been planted into a paved area and was south facing.  It was one of the basic "jobs" - nothing fancy - and it grew and flowered prolifically. 
    Trying to think where it was in your garden - up above the terrace on the way to the GH's ?
    I am looking for something for the front garden - the other side of the front door from the Wisteria - south facing - but still got a lot of clearing ( mostly Vincs major and Ash saplings ) to do.  May be worth a thought tho.
  • The hibiscus must be quite hardy as my Mum, south east Scotland, had one that flowered every year and here in Dumfries my friend's flowers every year. I am so jealous!!!!😢
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I planted one which had been in a large pot and overwintered in a GH, flowering well.  It flowers much less now even though it's planted in a south-south-east facing raised bed, but does get less late afternoon sun than it used to, so that may be what they need?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,669
    The hibiscus must be quite hardy as my Mum, south east Scotland, had one that flowered every year and here in Dumfries my friend's flowers every year. I am so jealous!!!!😢
    That sounds encouraging  :)
  • Lyn  I think this year is last chance for my hibiscus. It's either flower or dig up 🤔
  • Phillipa I agree it is encouraging but Ive waited long enough for a flower. Every time I pass the bush I tell it that it's on borrowed time 🤒🤒
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    I’m thinking the same Issy.
    @philippasmith2. It’s just by the side of the Hydrangea Vanilla Fraise, bird food side, in the long border.  Straight outside of the sunroom doors.   It wasn’t so close to the VF but that’s grown much bigger now.   Maybe I’ll move it to the horseshoe border,  sun all day there. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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