Hibiscus Seed starting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by csmabc
February 23, 2011
How do you start a hibiscus from seed? Does the seed need to be frozen (as if outside) first or not?

Answer from NGA
February 23, 2011


Your hibiscus seeds do not require a chilling period but they will germinate faster if you nick the seeds before you plant them. They have a tough outer seedcoat which makes them slow to soak up water and to germinate. If you carefully nick the seeds with a sharp knife or file off a small section of seed coat with an emery board, then plant the seeds in moistened potting soil (or directly in the ground), the seeds should germinate in about 14-21 days. Best wishes with your project!

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