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 will help to speed sprouting; so can nicking and then soaking the seeds overnight. In 2021, I sowed the seeds on a heat mat on March 18 and they sprouted on March 22. In 2022, 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.
Set the seedlings outdoors a week or two after all danger of frost has passed. 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. 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.
Harvested in August and September 2022. At least 12 seeds.
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