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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. Both types of seeds will still need the outer coating nicked, which can be a tricky process. One method is to lay each seed out, then, using a razor blade or small knife, break the outer coating without damaging the inner parts.
Another method is to soak the seeds for a few hours to soften them, then put them in a jar with some aquarium gravel and give it a good shaking. Once the outer coating has been broken they are ready to plant. 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. (Source: www.hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com)