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Why We Love the Tropics – 100 Colors of Hibiscus!

What’s your favorite part about the tropics?

Is it the warm sea breezes? Maybe the laid-back lifestyle? Maybe it’s just the idea of being in a land that offers more freedom.  Or maybe getting some of your life back by having great domestic help?

Today, let’s see some Hibiscus!

Panama Flowers

First, you have to understand that these flowers are HUGE!


So it’s rainy season now and we’re getting ready to do some planting on our island and out on our Burica project.  I’ve been looking for hibiscus, which there is quite a bit of here in Panama.



But I hit the mother load today!


I found a lady that has over 100 colors of hibiscus!  100 different colors!


I mean, really….100 different colors?  At any rate, I snapped a few photos as I was buying them.  Were planning on loading down the parcels with them so that we’ll have our own little mini “vivero” or nursery on the property.


And if you don’t know much about hibiscus (other than that there are tons of colors and the flowers get big!), then they grow tall.  Like 15′ tall, tall.  They are great for planting property lines.


As far as where to plant them, they don’t like overly wet areas.  So don’t put them where you might have water pooling.  They are also an extremely hardy plant.  Josh was just mentioning to me that they are planting them in his back yard at the moment.  They literally broke off some of the branches, stuck them in the ground, and left them.


Then there are some certain fertilizers that make them flower more.  You can trim them or just let them go nuts, like these that you see in the photos.


They prefer sun over shade.

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So what are your favorite flowers in the tropics?  Even better.  Why do you love the tropics?


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