Growing Hibiscus From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by trader76
March 3, 2001
I was recently given some seed from a hibiscus plant. How hard is it to grow them from seed? Any special growing conditions they need? How long should they take to germinate? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2001
Tropical hibiscus is propagated by cuttings, not by seeds, but garden hibiscus (rose mallow) can be started from seeds. The seeds have a hard coating so chip and soak them for 1 hours prior to sowing. Seeds need light to germinate. Sow on the surface of moistened seed starting mix, barely pressing them down with your finger. Seeds will take 10-30 days to germinate when kept at 70F-80F.

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