Monthly Archives: January 2014

The quest towards the Blue (part one)


IF              IF

Moorea Mamie Blue                                                             Moorea Cerena


       Moorea Dark Kiss

Moorea Clara B.   Moorea Fondness

Moorea Clara B.                                                                                  Moorea Fondness

Moorea Enchanted Skies      Moorea Mama Kiss

Moorea Enchanted Skies                                                                     Moorea Mama Kiss

Moorea Mamie Blue fascinated me … But I wanted a darker blue. I began to make crosses using Moorea Mamie Blue as carrier. I used all the flowers in my garden . The one I consider it special amongst them was Wallflower, as I guest in it the potential to help me achieve my (blue!) dreams.

I kept and sowing all seeds resulting from crossings between Moorea Mamie Blue and Wallflower. This was the first step: to find one that will result in a darker blue. Of all the flowering seedlings resulting from those seeds , I chose one that I called Moorea Cerena , a flower quite common, less beautiful than the rest. However, my intuition dictated me to use Moorea Cerena in order to get blue flowers .

I wanted at all costs to get that blue color as quickly as possible, despite my limited knowledge about hybridization at the time. I had to rely again on my intuition, that tiny voice existing  in the mind of everyone. In any case, it was the merit of intuition rather than science when I chose Moorea Cerena to get blue flowers. I only had to find and how to do it, and as is often said , “practice makes perfect.”

After completing the steps of crossing and sowing the seedlings , I only had to wait for my new flowers!

Among them was one that I later called Moorea Dark Kiss. It was a complete success ! After three generations of seedlings , the flower of my dreams came out!  I could not recover from my astonishment, but it was right there,  in front of my eyes! Occasionally, the flowers had  a darker tint, giving a violet-grey impression. Some other times, it was closer to blue.

I knew then that hybridizers around the world were looking for the same thing as I did. And they were completely unaware neither of my existence, nor of Moorea Dark Kiss.

To be continued.

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

For your viewing pleasure, enclosed some more blue creations of Master Atiu

IF              Moorea Eccentric Blue

Moorea Dream of An Angel                                               Moorea Eccentric Blue

Moorea Pentru Tine  IF

Moorea Pentru Tine                                                                             Moorea Princess Mona

Moorea Princess Sima      IF

Moorea Princess Sima                                                                       Moorea Libellule Bleu


About the Rainbows


                IF                      Moorea Angela's Rainbow

   Moorea Sublime A.(parent of Moorea Angela’s Rainbow)                  Morea Angela’s Rainbow

Moorea Enana Rainbow  Moorea Saga Rainbow

Moorea Enana Rainbow                                                                   Moorea Saga Rainbow

Some people have well marked predilection for the  so -called ” Rainbows “. There are flowers that have the ability to transmit their progeny the “rainbow effect” or “rainbow” characters.

Sometimes they don’t look exactly the way we expect from them to look-as a rainbow, and yet they have amazing qualities. Take for example Moorea Sublime A., a red flower with purple edges. Although it doesn’t look like a rainbow, it is one of Moorea Angela ‘s Rainbow parents. In fact, a “rainbow producer” is not called like this because of his color. A hybridized always takes into account the previous experiences and genealogy of the flowers, always looking to get the best performance. Repeated attempts and failures are, paradoxically, the key to discovery of certain features that can be helpful in this endeavor. From experience I have found out there are flowers that are able to focus, disperse or mix – to a greater or lesser extent – one or more colors. Of course, all these personal experiences are part of a rather personal field that the hybridizer will not disclose, in order to avoid plagiarism.

Some of world hybridizers choose to use the name “rainbow “, even if the flower does not look like it. Often this line is taken with respect to its predecessors.

And yet, how many colors should have a flower to be called a “rainbow “? Aside from specific cases, I personally think that a really “rainbow“ should have five colors, but in most cases, three or four are sufficient for the name to be given. Flowers with five to seven colors are rare, and not all can transmit the desired genes. Moreover, their names do not necessarily bare the “rainbow” in their name, despite the outstanding color quality.

We could get “rainbows” in various shades:  more or less degraded brown, multicolored (white, red, pink , orange), overlapping and so on . In any case, however, is not mandatory that these copies will transmit the characters of “rainbow”. What I mean is that in order to obtain rainbows, only experimenting with them one can demonstrate the true potential of “rainbow” type flower.

Summarizing, we can say that a “rainbow” flower can be categorized as such, based on its ability to convey those genes, hence the name “Rainbow producers”. But there are also flowers with the “rainbow” name, although they are completely devoid of the ability to transmit these characteristics.

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

Rainbows made by Master Charles Atiu

IF   Moorea Arc-en-Ciel Bleu Froid

                                         Moorea Mona Rainbow                                       Moorea Arc-en-Ciel Bleu Froid

IF    IF

                                       Moorea Arc-en-Ciel Brun                                         Moorea Arc-en-Ciel La Violette

IF    Moorea Arco-iris De Fabiana

                                        Moorea Arc-en-Ciel Marianne                                   Moorea Arco-iris De Fabiana

Flowers with a story or the story behind the names


IF   Moorea Happy Birthday Darling

Moorea Dream of an Angel                                 Moorea Happy Birthday Darling

Moorea Mona Love Story    Moorea Mona Queen

Moorea Mona Love Story                                                             Moorea Mona Queen

It is hard to believe that a man so sensitive and keen as master Charles Atiu would have called randomly his creations. Each new flower he creates  is another piece of the puzzle that makes up the life of this man . Between the lines we can read the story behind the names:

” In all my creations I wanted to capture a part of my life – by their names . Representing  important chapters of my own story, moments of my life, dreams that were born in my heart , the hope that one day those dreams will come true …

Here are some of the names : Moorea Mona Rainbow , Moorea Belle in Ice, Moorea Mona Brown Star, Moorea Mona Helix , Moorea Send an Angel, Moorea For Ever , Moorea New Heart , Moorea Dorinta Mea ,Moorea Ingerul Meu, Moorea Maria Monica Sima .

Of course , the list will grow as time passes . All these flowers are meant to remind me the strong bond that binds me to the lady that overtook my heart and my thoughts ,  the one who inspired me to create so many beautiful things, and who supported me to want to create more and more, to go beyond my limits in order to finally find the most rare , unique and perfect gems : my daughters and my hibiscus which I named after important and meaningful moments of my life.

This story is about me and a person who plays an important role in my life. Her name is inscribed in one of them … ”

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life

Moorea Belle In Ice IF

  Moorea Belle in Ice                                                Moorea Dorinta Mea

IF Moorea Ingerul Meu

        Moorea For Ever                                            Moorea Ingerul meu

Moorea Maria Monica Sima IF

Moorea Maria Monica Sima                                    Moorea Mona Brown Star

 Moorea Mona Helix IF

Moorea Mona Helix                                 Moorea Mona Rainbow

Moorea Send An Angel

                                                                       Moorea Send an Angel

The birth of a great hibiscus – Moorea Mamie Blue


With the two local varieties at hand and the other 30 purchased from abroad, master Atiu was at the beginning of an experience that was to take him to the top of the pyramid, through the number and quality of Moorea hybrids obtained over a lifetime. If in 2010 he said that after the hybrid with the number 7000 he stopped counting, in 2014 we can talk about a brand new Moorea collection, currently under preparation, which in itself counts over 10,000 hybrids ! Beyond these figures one can only guess the titanic work of this Master, which continues his story as follows:

“All seemed very clear to me when looking at the flowers, but I still needed to have a local hybrid! And finally, I found one! Just one. It had no name, but because it was already sold by a good friend of mine, I called it after him, using his initials : PMC (Petit Marron Capo ). With this flower , I started my life as a hybridizer .

Using pollen from imported plants I started pollinate Petit Marron Capo. Each flower that showed up was pollinated! Inside me, I felt the desire to create flowers as beautiful as those of Palmer’s Hibiscus . When first seed capsule ripened, the joy I felt was immense. I had reached the first stage of my work!

After I planted the seeds, I waited several days to see them sprouting – my own creations! As time passed I perfected my art. Until one day, when two flowers that were completely different  by color and intensity appeared between my creations. Both were the result of interbreeding Petit Capo Marron and Blue Bayou , and I called them Moorea Mamie Blue and Moorea Rehu. At that time, Moorea Mamie Blue was the closest to blue flower that I had in my collection. From here started the desire to get flowers in shades of blue.  As for Moorea Rehu, it was the first brown flower I got when I still did not imagine that such colors could exist .

Since then, I have dedicated most of my time to color and shape of Moorea hybrids.”

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life


                                                             Moorea Mamie Blue                                                     Moorea Rehu

(And so, the story begins…) With Master Atiu’s so-called Bible


My name is Charles Atiu . I was born on an island in the Pacific, where I still live today, surrounded by thousands of hibiscuses that I created myself. I’m just a man who wants to share this passion that became a way of life .

For years I traveled through gardens in Tahiti , the main island of the Archipelago and Moorea , the island where I was born and where I live , and I noticed in my wanderings that the hibiscuses on both islands had the same colors. I asked myself why is there no other colors, to make them more attractive flowers. I decided to try to change things ! While I collected the few local varieties available, I found that there are others around the world , and having the means at hand , I ordered about 30 varieties that were the starting point for my future research. Plant propagation by grafting, cuttings and layering had no secrets for me, but I have to admit – hibiscus hybridization was a completely new thing.

In those days, the only viable source of information was a book called Palmer ‘s Hibiscus . It was exactly what I needed for what I had to learn. And I learned it by heart. Every day for months, I studied it until it became a part of me. Somehow, it became my Bible. And finally, once I felt this, I could start my life as a hibiscus hybridizer .

Excerpt from Charles Atiu – HIBISCUS -A passion dedicated life


It all began with Moorea Casiana


Or maybe a long time before this wonderful gift that Master Atiu made to me. Maybe it was in a cold day of December, 2010, when I bought some hibiscus seeds from an internet auction. I had no idea neither what hibiscus was it about, nor what to do with them. Small and black, like pepper beans, these tiny seeds contained the germs of some of the most wonderful flowers on Earth: Moorea Hibiscus. Their “father” was master Charles Atiu, a genius hybridizer with an incredible story.

And so the story begins…