Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Hibiscus) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: Start the seeds indoors in late winter to mid spring, about 1/4″ deep, in a warm, bright place. A heat mat can help to speed sprouting; so can nicking and then soaking the seeds overnight.One year, I sowed the seeds on March 18 and set the pot on a heat mat, and they sprouted on March 22. The next year, I sowed without using a heat mat on April 7 and the first seed didn’t sprout until April 28. While waiting, I took some seeds from the same harvest, nicked them on April 25, soaked them for 24 hours before potting them up (again, without a heat mat), and sprouts appeared on April 28. I had the same speedy results the following year: after nicking the seeds and sowing them on moist paper towel in a plastic bag on March 26, the seeds all sprouted on March 29. Your experience will vary.

Set the seedlings outdoors a week or two after all danger of frost has passed, once nights stay above 50°F or so. They do not like to get chilled! If you allow the seedpods to develop on the plant, you may find self-sown seedlings in that area next year, but they probably won’t appear until early or even midsummer.

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Do you love hollyhocks but have trouble growing them? Consider giving this easy beauty a try. Sunset hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot), also known as aibika, generally grows 5 to 6 feet tall over just one growing season, with large, single, hibiscus-like blooms in a lemon-sherbet yellow color from mid to late summer to frost. It’s excellent for quickly adding height to a new border while you’re waiting for more permanent plantings to fill in. The leaves and flowers of this okra relative are also considered to be edible (hence another common name: edible hibiscus), and the plant has other interesting uses as well. You can read more about that at the Abelmoschus moschatus page at Plants for a Future. Full sun for best flowering. Sunset hibiscus is perennial in Zones 8 or 9 and south, but you can easily grow it as an annual elsewhere.

Collected in mid September 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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