Hibiscus forum: hardy hibiscus seed starting...need to do today!

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Jan 2, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Feels like spring (I know its not but) so want to start these seeds...they are older so what is the best method for me to use today?
Wyoming (Zone 4a)
Jan 6, 2016 9:50 PM CST
I have sprouted Hibiscus seeds that were 3 years old stored in my fridge all that time. I finally started them 3 years ago. Here is how.

Soak in hand hot water over night. The next day place seeds in a moist paper towel inserted in a ziplock baggy. Place the bag in the fridge for 1 week. After 1 week place them in room temp. I used the top of my fridge where it is warmer. Mine sprouted in 5 days.

Sprouting seeds ready to plant
Thumb of 2016-01-07/Pippi/4e0e64

3 colors of Hardy Hibiscus started from seed.
Thumb of 2016-01-07/Pippi/d7dce1

Name: Gerald
Jacksonville, Florida (Zone 9a)
Jan 22, 2016 2:41 PM CST
Did you nick the seeds on these before soaking in the warm water? I ask as I am on my 3rd attempt to germinate hibiscus seeds and am having a low germination rate. Or at least they are very slow to sprout.
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Jan 25, 2016 9:35 PM CST
Wow, i am going to try this method. When is the best timeframe to do this? Spring? I was going to WS them but it may be too late seeds arrive feb 20.
Name: Doris Klene
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Feb 8, 2016 7:02 AM CST
I have some started, I just planted them in small cups and I was shocked to see them sprout in a few days, I will get pics. sometime today.
Name: Marie
Brigham City, Utah (Zone 5b)
Cottage Gardener Dahlias Hibiscus Region: Utah
Feb 21, 2016 2:37 AM CST
I do mine much the same way although I don't put them in the fridge. I have done this for a few years now and they turn out wonderfully. I share my seedlings with many neighbors and friends. Here are some that I started from seeds that I have collected.
Thumb of 2016-02-21/MyRee/e93d84 This one is Lady Baltimore (I think). I collected many seeds, but only got 2 to sprout. But they are beautiful. They bloom from seed the first year.

Thumb of 2016-02-21/MyRee/2e43dd

Thumb of 2016-02-21/MyRee/d21f9f The red ones seem to do the best. I got a lot of them to sprout and flower last year.

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