Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), also called roselle, is a short-day plant usually grown in tropical and subtropical areas. The Hibiscus plant has yellow flowers and grows to 2 to 3 meters in height. It is a medicinal herb that is used in cooking. You can use this plant to make sauces, syrups, jams, confectionery and more. The leaves can be used in salads.
Steps for Seeding
– Be sure to nick the bottom of the seed, the flat part, before planting. If there is no seed meat, it will not grow.
– If you live in a climate that has unpredictable spring weather or weather that is too wet, it is best to plant hibiscus seeds in early spring in trays. You can then move them indoors if the weather becomes hostile.
– Wait to plant them in the garden until they are established enough to not be tipped over by an exceptionally hard rain. Tipping can kill a new seedling quickly. It is probably safe to move them outside after they get to be about three inches tall.
– Seeds will typically germinate between ten days to three weeks after planting. After planting the seeds, keep them lightly watered, enough to keep the soil moist but not wet.
– Spray them with a mist bottle three or four times per day.
Hibiscus Sabdariffa Care
If it has been cold lately, pay more attention to the weather forecast, and bring them indoors. If their soil is too wet, cut down on the amount of water. Here are some other things to be cautious of.
Water the soil when it becomes dry to the touch. To reiterate, water only enough to make the soil moist, not wet.
It is critical to use the right type of fertilizer. The fertilizer needs to be one with low phosphorus, moderate nitrogen, and high potassium. Fertilize every two to three weeks. If the leaves are turning brown at the tips, that is a sign they are getting too much nitrogen. That is a warning sign of stress, but don’t panic, just prune the bad leaves and adjust your fertilizer frequency.
Harvesting the Calyx
Harvest Roselle one the calyxes are well-formed but not yet drying. They should be tender and should be snipped off the plant. Typically harvested within eight to ten days.
Calyxes are easiest to remove and cut when they are fresh. When they are first fully grown, they can be snapped off of the plant quite easily by hand. If you wait until they harden, then you will probably need to use pruners.
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