Hibiscus Seeds - Luna Mix
- Seed Count: 5 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 90-120 days from seed to flower
- Plant Type: Perennial in warmer zones, Annual in colder zones
- Origin: Native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions
- Height: 24-48 inches
- Spread: 18-36 inches
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, fertile, slightly acidic to neutral soil
History: Hibiscus is a beloved plant that has captured the hearts and imaginations of gardeners and botanical enthusiasts for centuries. Originating in warm-temperate to tropical climates, the Luna Mix variety offers a blend of colorful and large, saucer-shaped flowers. Over time, Hibiscus has spread across the globe, making its way into gardens, folklore, and cultural practices of many societies. Luna Mix is a specially designed hybrid variety that aims to bring the exotic beauty of the Hibiscus to temperate gardens. Its showy flowers and relatively easy care have made it an increasingly popular choice for gardeners seeking to add a tropical flair to their outdoor or indoor spaces.
Uses: The Luna Mix Hibiscus serves multiple roles, from being a stunning focal point in your garden to acting as a backdrop for other plants. Their large, vivid flowers make them ideal for ornamental gardens, and they can also be grown in containers on patios or balconies. Besides their aesthetic appeal, Hibiscus flowers are rich in antioxidants and have been used in traditional medicine, as well as culinary applications like teas and jams. In landscapes, they work well as hedge plants or even as a solitary specimen. Due to their nectar-rich flowers, they are excellent for attracting pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds, making them a beneficial addition to any garden ecosystem.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing Hibiscus from seed, especially the Luna Mix, requires a bit of preparation but is quite rewarding. Start seeds indoors about 12 weeks before the last expected frost date. Use a light seed-starting mix, and plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy, and maintain a temperature around 70-75°F for optimal germination, which usually takes 15-20 days. Once the seedlings have two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted to larger pots or directly into your garden if all danger of frost has passed. Choose a sunny location for planting, although partial shade is tolerable. The soil should be well-drained and fertile, with a pH ranging from slightly acidic to neutral. Regular watering is essential, especially in the first few weeks after transplanting, but once established, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant. Regular application of a balanced fertilizer will aid in vigorous growth and abundant flowering. Hibiscus benefits from regular pruning to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Make sure to remove spent flowers to prolong the blooming period.