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Hibiscus tiliaceus seed

Hibiscus tiliaceus, commonly called sea hibiscus or mahoe, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to tropical regions of Asia where it is often found growing along coasts and in low moist areas. It is now grown as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. It typically grows to 12-25′ tall. Intertwined trunks and branches often sprawl over the ground to form large impenetrable colonies. Showy funnel-shaped flowers bloom throughout the year. Each Flower has five overlapping petals and a pronounced central staminal column consisting of the stamens and pistil. Flowers last only one day, opening in the morning as lemon yellow with dark maroon throats, but turning dull red by evening when they drop to the ground. Simple, heart-shaped leaves (to 8″long and 6″ wide) with pointed tips are bright green above and hairy gray-green beneath. Fruits are brown ovoid dry capsules. Roots and flowers have medicinal value. In Asia, mahoe is harvested for the fiber in its trunk which is made into rope.

Growing Instructions

  1. Soak the seeds in water for several hours.
  2. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat
  3. Put a mixture of potting soil and sand or perlite into a pot with drainage holes in the base. The soil should be moist and well-drained.
  4. Sow the seeds on the soil.
  5. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil that is 0.5 inches thick.
  6. Water the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
  7. When the plants are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.