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Zinger Hibiscus

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Herbal Tea

Zinger Hibiscus

(Hibiscus sabdariffa)
This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms are spent,...
(Hibiscus sabdariffa)
This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms are spent, just pick and air dry the teardrop-shaped flower calyxes to make a delicious ruby-colored tea with a floral, berry aroma and well balanced, cranberry-like flavor. Antioxidant packed Hibiscus tea is delicious on its own either steaming hot or iced, or add a touch of lemon, a little honey, or your favorite fruit juice. Also called Jamaican tea or Roselle.
Seed Count: Approx. 30 / Weight: 1 gm
$ 3.19
#5867
#5867

ANNUAL

Summer/Fall Harvest
Heat Loving/Frost Tender

 

BEST TO START INDOORS

In early spring, start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before outdoor temperatures are reliably in the 50°F (10°C) range. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart in seed starting mix. Keep very warm 75 to 80°F (24 to 27°C) and moist but not soggy. Provide a strong light source. When 2 inches tall, transplant seedlings into individual 4 inch pots. Feed with half-strength liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks until weather is warm and nights stay above 55°F (13°C). Gradually acclimate seedlings to the outdoors.


GROWING NOTES

Hibiscus thrive in a sunny, very warm spot in rich and well-drained soil, so add compost or aged manure to the planting bed. Transplant seedlings 8 to 12 inches apart. Pinch tops when 10 inches tall to encourage a bushy, branching form.

For Containers: choose pots 18 inches in diameter and 16 to 18 inches tall.

 

HARVEST AND USE

After flowers have finished blooming, harvest the deep-red, teardrop-shaped, calyxes at the base of each blossom. Snap off calyxes that are ready, removing spent flower if still attached Use fresh, or air-dry for longer storage.

To Dry: spread in a single layer on paper towels or cotton cloth for 7 to 10 days in a cool, dry place indoors out of heat and humidity. Store in an airtight container. For delicious tea, crush and steep several tablespoons to each cup of boiling water. Honey or sugar and lemon are nice additions. Makes a beautiful iced tea. For a cocktail, combine with sugar, lemon, a little ginger syrup and good rum.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

April – May
March
Full sun
1 inch apart
1/2 inch deep
7 – 10 days
2 – 3 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

April – May
March
Full sun
1 inch apart
1/2 inch deep
7 – 10 days
2 – 3 feet

Cold Winters

April – May

Mild Winters

March

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Sow Seeds

1 inch apart
1/2 inch deep

Days To Germinate

7 – 10 days

Mature Height

2 – 3 feet

Photos From Our Trial Garden

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