- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 5 - 10
- Height: 48 - 60 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer through fall
- Bloom Color: Mix
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
- Temperature: 70F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Cover lightly, seed should be visible
- Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 36 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Hibiscus
Hibiscus (Hibiscus Moscheutos Southern Belle) - These 48 - 60 inch tall plants sport massive flowers of red, pink, and white. Grow these gigantic blooms from Hibiscus seeds, and enjoy the 10 inch wide colorful flowers. Southern Belle Hibiscus is a deciduous, perennial shrub that is as wide as it is tall. It has a long blooming season and it is great for giving the garden a tropical look. Hibiscus care includes deadheading the flowers to prolong blooming, watering deeply each week, and fertilizing every 6 - 8 weeks during the blooming season. After first frost, cut back the plant to 3 - 4 inches above the ground and mulch well.
Growing Hibiscus from flower seed is not complicated. Start the Hibiscus seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost is predicted. Most gardeners recommend soaking Hibiscus flower seeds over night in warm water. Nick the seed with a razor blade before sowing. Sow the flower seeds into small pots or starter trays using well-draining, sterile potting mix. Lightly cover the seed and keep moist, but not soggy. The seeds can actually rot if the soil is too wet. Keeping the temperature consistently warm and the soil consistently moist will aid germination. After seedlings have developed and there are several sets of true leaves with the stems having begun to harden and become woody, the young Hibiscus plant can be moved to larger pots or to a protected place in the garden. These tender young Hibiscus plants should be introduced to the sun gradually over several days. At this point a water soluble fertilizer can be used.
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