Red Drops Hibiscus Organic
NEW! Hibiscus sabdariffa Produce your own delicious and nutritious hibiscus teas and syrups with this unusual garden plant. Red Drops develops into a shrubby plant up to 5 feet tall with deeply lobed green leaves and red stems. Late in the season flower buds line up on the stem, unfurling into fleeting creamy yellow blooms. Once the flowers fade, the fertilized, deep ruby red buds swell and ripen—ready for harvest. A longer season plant, it's best to start the seed indoors and transplant outdoors after all threat of frost is past. This tender perennial is grown as an annual in zones colder than USDA zone 9. Germination code: (1)
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(1) Germinates at temperatures between 60-75°F.
(2) Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. May be slow and erratic to germinate.
(3) These seeds need a period of cold stratification for successful germination. Best results are obtained when the seeds are kept warm and moist for 2 weeks followed by temperatures of 33-35°F for 4-6 weeks or until germination starts.
(4) No special requirements, but germination may be slow and erratic.
• Fertile, well-drained soil provides the best results
• Harvest and fertilize regularly to encourage vegetative growth
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• For leafy herbs snip off flower buds as they appear
• Start seeds 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Small seeds (thyme, savory, marjoram, oregano) can be gently pressed onto surface of the soil—don't cover or bury seed
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days for optimum growth
• Small seedlings such as thyme, savory and sweet marjoram may be successfully transplanted in small clumps
• Hardy herbs can be transplanted after the last frost
• Transplant tender herbs after last frost when weather has stabilized
Harvest & Storage
• Fresh use: Harvest only as needed
• Drying: Harvest at peak maturity, hang small bunches from ceiling in a dry, warm (80-90°F), dark location with good ventilation for 1-2 weeks
• Distilling: Harvest when blooms are just beginning to appear; at this point the leaves contain the highest level of essential oils