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Hibiscus seeds are added to nearly every type of tea and is used as a sugar substitute. The seeds are a popular flavor ingredient in jams, ice cream, fruit juice, and cake.Nick seed coat with a knife or nail clippers and soak in hand hot water 1 hour prior to sowing. Then sow in 2 in. pots or cell packs and barely cover. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 14 to 21 days. Transplant into the garden 2 ft. apart.Please consider our NGB member companies as authoritative sources for information. Click on the Member Directory for details about our members. Gardeners looking for seed and plant sources should select “Shop Our Members” at the top of our homepage.
Many people around the world are fascinated by the beautiful flowers that are shown on our website. Unfortunately, our plants are only available in the United States. Several people have told us about a person in Singapore who has sold "hibiscus seeds" on eBay and elsewhere on the internet using photos of our plants that he downloaded from our website. His claim was that the plants grown from his seeds would produce the flowers shown in the photos. Many people from all over the world have purchased these expensive seeds believing that they would flower with the blooms shown in our photos. They will not. There is no question about it - it is a biological impossibility for any hibiscus seeds to bloom with the flowers shown in our photos.After the flowers drop off keep an eye on them to see if they produce seed pods. Leave the pods on the plant until they start to turn brown and crunchy, then remove them from the plant.
Check frequently because a seed pod can go from green to brown and open in 24 hours.Each pod usually contains between 10 and 20 seeds. Break open the pods and remove the seeds and keep them dry until you're ready to germinate some. Both types of hibiscus produce seeds with a hard outer coating which must be broken or nicked to allow water to penetrate and start the germination process. Seeds from a hardy hibiscus will also require several freeze/thaw cycles called stratification. This is nature's way of keeping them from germinating too soon. Stratification can be achieved naturally by storing them outdoors in a dry place but exposed to our normal winter temperatures, or artificially by placing them the freezer for a few days then letting them thaw and repeating several times. Tropical hibiscus seeds do not need stratifying. (Source: pilotonline.com)