Lavatera Seeds - Rose Mallow
- Seed Count: 150 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 2-3 years for full maturity and bloom
- Plant Type: Hardy Perennial
- Origin: Native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions
- Height: Varies by species, typically 4-15 feet
- Flower Color: Varies, often red, pink, yellow, or white
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil
History: Hibiscus, scientifically known as Hibiscus spp., is a vast genus of flowering plants, with several hundred species originating from warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions around the world. While they may look tropical, many hibiscus species are actually hardy perennials that can withstand colder climates. Known also as rose mallow, the hibiscus has been cultivated for centuries for its strikingly beautiful, large blooms. Many cultures have used hibiscus for its ornamental beauty as well as for medicinal and culinary applications. The plant has cultural significance in many societies, featuring prominently in folklore, traditional medicine, and even in religious rituals.
Uses: The primary use of hibiscus is ornamental, with the large, eye-catching blooms serving as the centerpiece in many gardens. Beyond aesthetics, hibiscus also offers functional benefits. The flowers are edible and are often used in salads, teas, and other beverages. Some species of hibiscus have medicinal properties and are used to treat conditions like high blood pressure and digestive issues. The flowers are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Hibiscus plants are often used as specimen plants in the landscape and can be trained into a small tree or large shrub form. They are also commonly used as natural screens or hedge plants due to their dense growth habit.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Hibiscus plants typically take 2-3 years to reach full maturity and produce their characteristic large blooms. These hardy perennials can grow to heights ranging from 4 to 15 feet, depending on the species and growing conditions. For best results, plant hibiscus seeds in well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil. They prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Sow the seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost, using seed trays filled with a good quality potting mix. Cover the seeds lightly with soil and maintain a temperature of about 75°F (24°C) until germination, which usually takes 15-30 days. Once the seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves, transplant them into individual pots. They can be moved to their final outdoor location after all danger of frost has passed, spaced at least 3-6 feet apart to allow for mature growth. Water regularly but do not let the soil become waterlogged. A balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied in the early spring will encourage healthy growth and abundant flowering.