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2003 winner announced in 2008


Tahitian Princess

Hybridized by Richard Johnson, Tahiti

Tahitian Princess

Tahitian Princess

Tahitian Princess was awarded the IHS HOTY, Hibiscus of the Year, for 2003. It was bred and entered by Richard Johnson, from Tahiti.  Here we provide you some of the photos and supplemental data submitted to the HPOJ, HOTY Panel Of Judges, upon which they based their votes to select the eventual winner.

Our congratulations go to Richard for winning the first IHS HOTY competition.  We thank the hybridizers who entered candidates in this program, in this case at their own expense.  We thank the evaluators who grew the plants and provided the photos and data.  We thank Nina Bjelovucic, the IHS HOTY coordinator, for her tireless efforts in collecting this information from the trailing stations and passing it to the HPOJ.  We of course thank the judges and most of all we thank the membership for participating in the initial SOTY selections, which form the core of the IHS HOTY Program. In this respect the IHS is unique in that the membership and affiliates are able to vote on what they consider to be the most beautiful of the candidates presented, after which the HPOJ narrows the field based upon their expert evaluation of the candidates chosen by the membership. 


The top five candidates were selected from a field of 12 , [the photos of the 12 entries can be seen at the above address] and the one with the most points was selected as the first IHS SOTY, Seedling Of The Year.  Tahitian Dragon received that honor as the IHS 2003 SOTY, while Tahitian Princess was second and Tahitian Passion third.  However, trialing has shown Tahitian Princess to be the best of the candidates tested. 5 were to have been trialed but for diverse reasons only 3 made it to that stage.


For complete trialing data check this link  and supplementary data is listed at the end after the HOTY 2003 HPOJ vote.  Some of the comments are note worthy. Also you can see Photos from the Non-Trialing Stations if you click on the link at the bottom of the home page in the address above

Although our system has worked, there are things to be reconsidered and considerable room for improvement.  Importantly, however, after years of efforts with untold hours spend by several dozen people in formulating this program and setting it in motion, we are finally able to see the first result.  We hope it will motivate others to participate in the IHS HOTY program, which is available to anyone, anywhere in the world regardless of their hibiscus organization affiliations. 



Tahitian Princess taken mid morning

Tahitian Princess after 2 days


Tahitian Princess, side view


Tahitian Princess Plant at 1 year old

Tahitian Princess Plant at 2 years old

Tahitian Princess mature bush produces frequent multi blooms up to 15, 8.5 inch flowers while growing in a 15 gall. pot. Some growers have reported flowers over 9 inches.

From Richard Johnson:  As the hybridizer, I am, of course, very honored that Tahitian Princess has been selected as the first IHS HOTY for the year 2003.    Having grown many American and Australian Hibiscus Society HOTY winners, I honestly feel that Tahitian Princess can stand proud among these elite as a fine example of a quality hibiscus, one which the IHS can take pride in as its first HOTY winner

Judges Vote for IHS HOTY 2003 HOTY Panel Of 


Judges Inclued:

Antonio Romeu

Beth Jordan

Hendric Gommer

Jim Purdie

Ursula Lengdobbler


Richard Johnson is a a member of the HPOJ, but as per IHS HOTY rules could not vote on his entries.





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Sub Total




Total: 61.33 (85/3=28.33+33)



















Tahitian Dragon won second place with 42.8% of the votes, and was entered by Richard Johnson

Tahitian Passion won third place with 32.6% of the votes and was entered by Richard Johnson.

Click here to go the HOTY 2004 Page

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