Towards spring, once temperatures rise above freezing at night, the plant will start growing new leaves. Give it a sip of water at this point. I put them back outdoors when daytime temperatures are above 10C and definitely after the last frost.
In this first blooming season, only one of the buds went on to mature and open, but for a grafted two-year old seedling, that's not bad. The flower itself is relatively uncontaminated with excessive frills, but it is vibrant and dramatic, nonetheless. In full sun, the flower will remain open for about a week.
You will observe that the flower will spend about two days half-open. No idea why, it just stayed that way before finally opening wide.
|What it looked like in 2013|