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Best way to preserve Hibiscus flower and leaf for winter?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Toddrickfl1, Jun 30, 2018.

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  1. Toddrickfl1

    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    I have three huge Rose of Sharon bushes and I want to store some flowers and leaf away for winter. Anybody have tips on the best way to do this? Should I freeze em, dehydrate them, vacuum seal?
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I dehydrate using the sun and store in paper bags in dry unheated shed.
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    Move to Florida! They flower and grow year round. Free food and can grow a whole new bush from a stem cutting. I don’t know about preserving them but I have noticed my redfoots prefer the older tougher leaves over the young tender ones. When I fine chop the older leaves they have a sappy slime that must taste like honey to my torts. The younger leaves don’t have much of this slime. When leaves are left overnight under their heat lamp they dry out but they still get eaten. I guess they think of them as “hibiscuchips”.
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    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    Lol Hibicuschips, Yeah I grew up in Fort Lauderdale. Not for me anymore. Got tired of the heat and hurricanes.
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    Winter rations, I've froze some, and I'm going to dry some then store them in mason jars.

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    Nice looking bunch of flowers.
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    Ugh I need to get on bagging mine. So many flowers and only one tortoise.
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    • There you go. Dehydrate, bag them up, slap a label, and sell for $2.99/bag plus shipping. Easy to ship, light, ziploc bag inside a jiffy bag, slap a label. Bam.
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    I dehydrated some others and put them in jars. See which method works best. 20180707_064924.jpg
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    how did you dehydrate them I have tonnes growing also
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    I just layed them out on a cardboard box on my kitchen table for about 2 weeks.
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    @wellington This is what they look like today, a month later 20180811_163444.jpg
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    You could probably just dump those into a gallon size zip lock bag..... cheaper and easier to stow away than 50 Mason jars..

    I pruned my Rose of Sharon way back in Springtime and fed a lot of the greens to our Sully then. It’s really JUST now popping in to daily blooms.
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    I have this one of greens too.

    20180811_175358.jpg
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    flowers are so pretty
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