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Going Strong in the First Season
The plant came dormant, and I thought it wasn't going to sprout. I watered it for about two weeks, hoping something would happen, A few days later, it sprouted. Since then,...Read complete review
The plant came dormant, and I thought it wasn't going to sprout. I watered it for about two weeks, hoping something would happen, A few days later, it sprouted. Since then, it has grown steadily.It's about 14" in diameter now, and has quite a few flowers. I'm thrilled!
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Bad luck growing this
I have ordered this for several years. I finally got one to grow, and I thing the ones I planted summer 2014 may come back in 2015. I garden almost exclusively with native...Read complete review
I have ordered this for several years. I finally got one to grow, and I thing the ones I planted summer 2014 may come back in 2015. I garden almost exclusively with native plants and usually have great luck. For some reason, this plant does not seem to like it in my yard. Have tried it in several loations on my 2-1/2 acres. However, I am DETERMINED to grow this!
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#1 Best xeric plant in my CO garden
from Centennial CO
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Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:
Great in a hot, sunny dry spot.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Plant never emerged .
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Not worth the hassle
I ordered 4 of these and eagerly awaited them in early spring. When they arrived, 2 looked worse for the wear, but the directions said they might look that way and would get better after planting. I carefully amended my soil, watered them all summer long and only ONE plant of the four actually grew in late August . And even that one was nothing to write home about. A few wimpy blooms and mostly scraggly vines. So much time and energy down the drain. I'm so disappointed.
from Salt Lake City
July 16: I left my 6 inch mirabilis on a slow drip and went to Denver for a couple of weeks to visit family. When I returned, it was 18 inches tall and wide and laughing at the 100 degree heat, while most of my other plants were begging for mercy. I am LOVING this plant so far!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Springville UT
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I have loved the idea of planting mirabilis for a long time, and was so excited to get one from High Country Gardens, since I hadn't been able to find it in the nurseries where I live. I was very impressed with the obvious care High Country Gardens put into shipping this plant to me- it arrived in a timely fashion, and it was small (only a couple inches tall), but healthy and perfect. Though I planted it carefully, I ended up losing it to a late spring frost. Then, in a delightful case of perfect timing, my local nursery got a small shipment in, so I brought home 4 more, and tried again. What I have learned, is that this plant starts out delicate and requires close attention for a couple weeks, so it is wise to get a few of them. Like many natives, it's a little fussy at first, and takes some experimenting to find that perfect water balance. I ended up losing one of my 4 plants to shock, and then the kids stepped on 2 others, but a month later- success! One of them is taking off. It is planted in the very dry, heavy clay soil which we wrestle with out here in the intermountain desert valleys. I mixed in a little peat moss (for drainage) and compost, and I planted it on small mounds. Once it took hold, it toughened right up, and now I just give it a small amount of water when I think about it. My mirabilis has gone from 2 to 6 inches in the last 2 weeks as the temps have climbed. I'm not sure if it's going to bloom this year or not, but I'm looking forward to seeing what it will do, and I feel confident about planting more. I am combining it with mountain big sage, salvia, yarrow, and some orange globe mallow which recently seeded itself in my yard.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Mirabilis sprouted immediately
About Me Master Gardener
I had never purchased Mirabilis multiflora before. I purchased a package of 20 corns/bulbs (don't know what to call them) Every bulb burst fourth within two weeks and started growing at a tremendous rate. They are now about six inches tall and I am looking forward to the blooms this summer.
By Hardpan Hal
from Albuquerque (North Valley)
It took me a few tries to get this beauty to work. Indeed sometimes I thought I was planting dead worms. I think some extra water at the start finally helped. Now it forms the backbone of my garden. Although it comes up late, it rapidly fills in and had no trouble with the two months we had of 100-degree heat. It started blooming late June and is still going strong in mid-September, looking beautiful in front of my goldenrod and Dark Lady asters. It has also self-seeded this summer, not in an aggressive way, but just enough to move to fill in blank spots and share with friends. I have it growing on four inches of compost that was dumped on top of my impenetrable clay.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Louisville, CO
This is a beautiful plant. I get hundreds of flowers on this every afternoon through the summer. My plant gets larger every year. I pretty much never water it now that it is established and it always looks great.I did my first plant. You need to be careful about watering it in the beginning.This plant also is slow to come to life in the spring. Every year at the beginning of June I always am thinking did the Mirabilis Multiflora die over the winter? Nope. It is just slow to get going each spring. So plan to be patient and don't give up hope. During the heat of the summer you will be happy you have it.
Mirabilis it is
from St. George, Southern Utah
This plant arrived with no greenery. Just a root in a pot. I was doubtful but planted it and before I knew it, this plant was up and growing.The flowers are bright and do open like the more traditional, no desert Four-o-clocks I'm used to back east.But this one needs a lot less water and enjoys the bright sun. It does get some afternoon shade in my garden, so I don't know how it'd fare with all day sun, but it grows fast and is covered in blooms each evening.I can't attest to hardiness since it hasn't gone through a winter here yet but I do hope it comes back.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Worth the wait
from Cascade, MT
It took a couple of tries to get this plant to establish but it was worth the wait. A plant in its second season was huge this year. Covered in flowers for a long time. I put it in a south exposure, in an area with silty, well drained soil.
Still waiting, but hopeful
By Renee S
from Pendleton, OR
I ordered this for spring planting in 2015 and it arrived dormant. I planted it and nothing happened, so I ordered a replacement. I planted the second one and decided to give it a chance, then promptly forgot about it. At the end of the summer, while pruning back some garden plants, I discovered it had finally grown. I'm hoping it will reappear next spring and actually bloom.
from Littleton CO (6000 ' elevation)
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Four O'Clock delight.
By Chrisy garden tender
from Wenatchee, WA
Mirablis filled in an entire 7 foot wide bed in one summer providing a stunning show of crisp light green leaves and perfect pink flowers all summer .
from Boise, Idaho
My plant was very immature and did not survive.
Merchant response: We appreciate your feedback on the Mirabilis multiflora and are sorry to hear that this plant has not successfully acclimated in your garden. We do ship young, immature plants as we have found this is the best way for them to withstand shipment and be able to acclimate in a new location although, our apologies that was not your experience. We certainly would never want you to pay for a plant which you never had a chance to enjoy in your garden! Please contact us at your convenience and we will be happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Drought-tolerant, beautiful flowers
from Smith Valley, NV
I planted four of these in a dry area away from the house. They were slow to sprout. Two have bloomed and the flowers were beautiful. the problem is that they have been attacked multiple times by bunnies, despite liberal use of rabbit repellant. This plant has wonderful potential, but if I plant more I will plant them close to the house where there is less of a bunny problem.
A neat plant to experiment with
from Arma Kansas
I live in southeastern Kansas where we get about 40 inches of annual precipitation. Far more than what this plant wants. I bought it as an experiement to place in my winter-hardy xeriscape bed that showcases succulents. I've had it for about three years and this year (summer 15') its just now blooming. It is lovely! It truly has few rivals. If you're not in the semi-arid west I would recommend that you plant it on the south side of your house in its rain shadow and prepare the site by amending the soil. Also realize its an experiment but one that you'll be glad you did.
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