Pavonia missionum (Red Mallow) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: Be aware that these seeds can be somewhat fickle germinators. The usual advice is to sow indoors in late winter to late spring, about 1/4 inch deep, and set the pot in a warm, bright place. I’ve had mixed results with that, though, finding that sprouting can be very slow and erratic (over a period of weeks or even months). I’ve noticed that self-sown seedlings tend to appear in the garden in early June (here in PA), so this year, I tried sowing in a pot and setting it outdoors on May 24, and the seedlings popped up pretty much all at once, starting on June 10. I suspect that the alternating warm day and cool night temperatures may be what does the trick. So, you may want to try to replicate that, either with outdoor sowing in spring or by providing alternating day/night temperatures if sowing indoors.

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Red mallow (Pavonia missionum) is also known as orange mallow or simply pavonia. This hibiscus relative produces branching stems that carry small but showy, orange-red flowers from midsummer to fall. In the ground, it can reach 4 to 6 feet tall; it also grows beautifully in a container. Full sun for best flowering. Hardy in Zone 9 and south; enjoy it as an annual elsewhere. It may self-sow.

Collected in August and September 2022. At least 10 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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