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Roselle (Hibiscus) Seeds

$6.19

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Grow your own Hibiscus tea! An excellent edible variety of roselle with large calyces (the fleshy sepals) which are harvested and used fresh or dried for teas, jams, syrups, etc. They can be eaten raw in salads or cooked as greens either on their own or with other leafy vegetables and meat.

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AKA Roselle, sour tea, Jamaica, and red zinger tea. This edible hibiscus variety is used to make tea (not like the ones on side of the road). Young leaves make a tart and beautiful addition to salad mixes.
The calyces of Rouge (found in a trial of 15 varieties of Hibiscus sabdariffa from the USDA) are large, loose around the seed pod and so easy to peel and have nice red color and beautiful shape. Plant from May-July, flowering occurs around the Fall equinox triggered by shortening days. The earlier planted, the larger the plants will get before flowering. Harvested from Thanksgiving to New Year. Start in nursery and transplant into field/garden. They can get BIG (4' wide and 4' tall). Avoid water-logged soils and over-irrigating as can die in such conditions from Phytophthora. Few other disease issues, aphids, and/or mealy bugs can become an issue. Treating to control if around harvest as if they build up to high populations in calyces can make harvesting and processing more difficult/nasty. Also grown as a leaf vegetable in India, Fiji, and elsewhere.

Cultivation: Roselle seeds germinate sporadically, so we have put more seeds in each packet for your success.
Depth: 3/4""-1""
Spacing: 24""
Full sun
Days to Maturity: Harvest calyces 20 days after flowering. Plants take about 6 months to mature and flower.
Open Pollinated
20 seeds per packet

Packets are made of paper and need to stay dry and in cool, dark storage.
Store in a cool DRY place with NO moisture or the seeds will sprout!

Hawai‘i Seed Growers Network

The Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network is a statewide group of artisanal farmers that have worked together over the past 13 years to develop and grow high-quality, locally grown, and adapted seed varieties for Hawai‘iʻs home gardeners and market farmers. Varieties selected for their online marketplace have been tested for multiple years by seed growers on their farms and gardens under Hawai‘i’s unique and diverse, subtropical climatic conditions. Seed growers carefully observe, hand select, and harvest from only the best plants to ensure well-adapted, healthy seeds sprout and grow well in your home garden. All seeds are open-pollinated (OP) varieties that allow you to begin saving your own seed, improving and strengthening these varieties in your home garden. Seeds are properly dried, tested for germination according to USDA standards, and carefully stored to ensure viability at N. Kohala Seed Bank, Nahelehele. Growing tips and seed-saving information are available on the Hawaiʻi Seed Growers Network website through the Blogs and Resource pages at: hawaiiseedgrowersnetwork.com.

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