Giant white Hibiscus

Giant White Hibiscus Flower

I am on Day 20 of the Giant Whiteflies War. Untold numbers of Giant Whiteflies have died under my thumb. I have removed infected leaves by hand, folding them in half, literally grinding them to powder. I have a stool and sit, like a dark samurai in a Kurosawa film, looking up at the leaves of my hibiscus.

This plant lives under our lemon tree, outside. I was reluctant to use some sort of spray. I was very close in the early days. Initial tactics included blasting colonies with water from the hose. After this, I removed the egregious areas, trimming back nearly all leaves on half the bush. And still they came, but slower.

For 6 straight days I sat on my stool, removing leaves. Hiding leaves in the trash. Blasting with water the trash daily, as adults swarmed around it, threatening their next victim. I began to fear I was aiding the Giant Whiteflies, selectively breeding Whiteflies with quicker resources. Whiteflies that escaped before their execution. Surely they would breed, surely I would loose more leaves. I adapted my hunt.

I called on the Lemon Tree for help. Lemon Tree would donate a sturdy leaf to the fight. Using this leaf, I would first CRUSH the Giant Whitefly colony in its place. Only then, in the wake of the white powdered mess, would I remove the leaf. Only the best escaped. And I hunted their children.

In a few short days, I was down to only a few leaves of war as I hunted in the evening. I began to think like a Giant Whitefly. Northern California evenings are cool, slowing my prey. Every leaf was suspect of harboring rebel factions. If a colony turned up, it had neighbors. Sometimes I killed children. Mere teenagers, and younger, died.

Spotted leaves have returned green. Blossoms have unfurled. The Hibiscus claims victory. Even the Meyer has bloomed, heralding sweeter days before the Giant Whiteflies came.


Mmmmm, I'd love some right now.

2005-06-12 12:26:35 by AliasJones

I've got to try white tea and rooibus this week if possible. Antioxidents are always welcome by me.
In the hibiscus tea blend from Peet's they have hibiscus leaves, rosehips,lemon grass, chamomile flowers and cinnamon stick. I'm thinking about trying to duplicate it because I can get big bags of dried hibiscus leaves at Smart and Final and the rest should be fairly easy to come by. I'm making it for a friend who shouldn't have sugared drinks so I'll use stevia or another artificial sweetener in the lemonade part.


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