Hibiscus forum: Tea Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 19, 2014 5:50 PM CST
These have bright red buds, and make a tea. Imagine red flowers and red foliage with this!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 19, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Some use the red calyx to make jelly.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 29, 2017 7:48 PM CST
Has anyone grown this from seeds?
I have sown some , but now in the database--it says to scarify them.
The directions on the package did not mention scarification or soaking?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 29, 2017 8:21 PM CST
I grow these every year. To germinate I take some toe nail clippers and break the seed coat on the edge about half way around - just slivers .. all you need to do is break the coat and plant shallow. Easy to grow .. loves full sun but will tolerate dappled shade (though not bloom as much). Like to be fed consistently and grows very well in pots as small as 1 gallon.

As Caroline mentioned the red calyx surrounding the seed pods makes a wonderful jelly - very lemony & tart and the dried calyx make a very awesome hot and iced tea. I drink it iced regularly in the summertime with a pinch of sugar.

You can actually buy this tea in tea bags in the grocery store - you'll find it in the Mexican section - it's called Sorrel Tea - I think the company is Badia or something like that.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 29, 2017 8:26 PM CST
I did not nick the seeds--will they just take longer to germinate, I wonder.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 29, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Caroline you should probably dig them up and nick them as they may rot before the seed coat softens enough for them to germinate .. don't worry though I'll be happy to send you some seeds if you don't have any luck - Your agriculture dept let them through with no problems.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jan 30, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I put the seeds out in winter, and spring they germinated. They grew quick!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 30, 2017 6:15 PM CST
I have seeds coming this week so will do them by nicking first.
And maybe a few by Winter sowing.
Thanks.
[Last edited by CarolineScott - Jan 30, 2017 6:16 PM (+)]
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