How to Plant a Hibiscus Seed


Grow hibiscus for its lush, glossy leaves and large, brightly colored blossoms. The color of the blossoms range in hue from white to yellow to orange and red. Though hibiscus shrubs can be purchased from many specialty garden stores and nurseries, it's often more economical to plant hibiscus seeds from home and raise your own seedling.

Step 1

Cut the hibiscus seed. This allows water to penetrate the seed and hastens germination, according to the International Hibiscus Society. Use a utility knife and make a small nick on the round end of the hibiscus seed so you can see the white portion of the inside of the seed.

Step 2

Fill a bowl with water and drop the seeds into it. Allow the seeds to soak for 12 hours. Discard any seeds that float, as floating seeds will likely not germinate.

Step 3

Prepare the potting soil in a gallon-sized pot while you're waiting for the seeds to soak. The University of Hawaii recommends mixing two parts of sterile potting soil with one part perlite. The specific potting substrate used doesn't matter, according to the International Hibiscus Society.

Step 4

Plant the hibiscus seed in the pot, sinking it approximately 1/4 inch deep in the potting mix. For the best results, orient the seed so that it's buried with the pointed end facing down.

Step 5

Water the pot. Mist the surface of the pot with water twice a day or as needed to keep the potting soil moist. The seed will germinate within four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Hibiscus seeds
  • Utility knife
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Gallon-sized pot
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Spray bottle


  • "Hibiscus: Hardy and Tropical Plants for the Garden"; Barbara Lawton; 2004
  • International Hibiscus Society: Growing Hibiscus Seeds
  • University of Hawaii: Hibiscus
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