Tea Time Hibiscus - Seeds & Bulbs
is widely grown in many areas of Asia, Africa and America. The fleshy, red, cup-like 1" base of the flower, called the calyx, is used to make cool drinks, tea, sauce, and jelly. In color and flavor it is very similar to cranberries. Flowers begin to bloom in October. Plants are very sensitive to frost. Also called red sorrel, roselle, Jamaican sorrel, Indian sour, lemon bush and Florida cranberry.
Life Cycle: Annual
Bloom Time: fall until first frost
Height: 3' to 6'
Exposure: Full Sun
When to Sow Outside: Spring, after last frost. Soil should be warm.
When to Sow Inside: 8 weeks before last frost. Gardeners in cool climates should start this plant indoors.
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Seed Spacing: 6"
Days to Emerge: 10 to 15
Thinning: When 3 to 4 inches tall thin to 3 feet apart.