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Hibiscus-Roselle (90-120 Days)

An Old World plant, used for teas, beverages, jellies, and more. Once a common home garden crop referred to as Roselle. Leaves, seeds, fruits, and roots are edible and can be used medicinally, store frozen, or dried. The leaves can be used cooked or raw, all parts have a sorrel/rhubarb like flavor. The calyx is the most widely used part of the plant. Its cup-like structure is used for flavoring and imparts a natural cranberry-colored dye, harvest before they turn brown. Separate the seeds from the calyx, roast, and brew them for a coffee substitute. As a tropical plant, it needs full sun, well-drained fertile soil, and ample water. Grows 4-6 feet.

15 seeds 



Hibiscus sabdariffa

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep, soaking seeds overnight aids germination

Starting Indoors: 4-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Sow 1-2 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of the suggested measurement. Transplant after last frost,  24-36" apart in rows 36" apart.

Sowing Outdoors:  Only in areas with a long growing season. After the last frost when the soil temperature reaches at least 70ºF. 

Harvest: Calyces- before they turn brown when they are tender and plump, approximately 10 days after flowering. Pull calyx away from the seeds. Store frozen or dried. They stay fresh for about a week after harvest. Leaves- when there are enough to harvest.

Tips: Plant into fertile, well-drained soil. Keep calyces picked to encourage more flowers. For a bushy habit prune back the tips of plants early in the season 







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  • March 2022
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Joe S.
United States United States
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Started the seeds in March 2022 and got 90% germination. The plants are just putting on their second set of leaves and will be going in the ground in mid May. I feel they will thrive in in the south Louisiana summer.

Linda M.
United States United States
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Roselle Hibiscus

The hibiscus is a very pretty plant and with all this rain are growing very quickly. Can't wait to see a flower.

Rene' B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

I've been unable to plant mosi of my summertime seeds due to a bad back surgery. However, I have been buying from PineTree for more than 20 years and have never had any problems, with their service, or their seed. The customer service is always fast and competent. The seeds are almost always even better than advertised. I'll use this company as long as I can garden.