How to Remove Seeds From a Hardy Hibiscus Flower

Overview

The hardy hibiscus possesses long, slender stems with glossy, green leaves and some of the largest flowers of any perennial. Colors range from pure white to yellow, orange, pink or red. You can propagate hardy hibiscus seeds by collecting them from pods. Seeds of the hardy hibiscus are relatively easy to germinate, with some special attention. When planting, partly remove the seed coat to reveal the inner seed. This will allow it to better absorb water and oxygen. Plant seeds outdoors in the spring or indoors for the best chance of germination.

Collecting Hardy Hibiscus Seeds

Step 1

Collect seed pods when they turn from green to tan or brown. The pods will develop a brittle and papery outer shell with the seeds inside.

Step 2

Watch your hardy hibiscus plant to time gathering with the ripeness of the pods. Gather too early, and the seeds may not be viable -- too late, and the seed pods will have already scattered their seeds.

Step 3

Place the hibiscus seed pods you collect in a paper bag and seal it. Write the plant name, date, place it was gathered any any other important information to make it easier to identify the seeds later.

Step 4

Put the bag in a dry, well-ventilated place for the next few weeks to allow the seed pods to ripen further.

Step 5

Place the pods in a large bowl and break them apart to remove the seeds from the pods once they are fully ripened. Remove the chaff from any seeds.

Step 6

Separate the seeds and place them in a small container or envelope and label it accordingly.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Marker
  • Small container or envelope

References

  • The New Perennial Club
  • Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University
  • Clemson University Extension
Keywords: Hibiscus seed pod, hibiscus propagation, hardy hibiscus seeds

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