The Q&A Archives: Hibiscus Seed

Question: I have a hibiscus and have read about starting hisbiscus seeds. Even though my plant bloomed voraciously last summer I didn't notice a single seed on it. What should I be looking for? Do I need to do something in order for it to produce seeds?

Answer: Most Hibiscus are sterile triploids, which enables it to bloom over a long season, but not to produce seed pods. If you want to increase your collection of plants, try rooting some stem cuttings. Choose a two-year old stem, remove most of the leaves, dipthe end in rooting hormone, and plant it in sand. You can put a plastic tent over the cutting to help retain moisture. Keep it outdoors, but out of direct sunlight until it roots.

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