Deep mahogany-red foliage for cutting and garden accent.Decorative, deeply cut foliage with maple-leaf appearance, rich color, and sturdy branches. Ideal for late summer and fall arrangements. Primarily grown for use as cut flower foliage, the vigorous, drought- and heat-tolerant plants are also suitable for containers and landscaping. The abundant color and tall stature make Mahogany Splendor a lovely backdrop in the garden or patio. NOTE: If grown indoors or in part shade, foliage will be green to rust in color; the mahogany color develops fully in full sun. Also known as red-leaf hibiscus, false roselle, African rose mallow, and cranberry hibiscus. Tropical, herbaceous perennial in Zones 8a–9b. Tender perennial or annual in all other growing zones. Ht. 40-70". Avg. 2,200 seeds/oz. Packet: 25 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 3-5 days at 70-76°F (21-24°C)
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) – Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost, covering seed lightly. Transplant out after danger of frost has passed. Hibiscus is a heat-loving crop and benefits from use of a soil warming mulch, such as black plastic or black solar mulch.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Hibiscus thrives in heat and humidity so is best grown in full sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: 48-70".
PLANT SPACING: 24-36".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 8-9.
STEM LENGTH: 12-70". Pinching is not required but if plants are pinched at a young stage, lateral branches will benefit greatly in length and quality.
HARVEST: For cut foliage, harvest once leaves are mature (not tender) and the stems are straight, firm, and at least slightly woody.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well drained but moist soil with high organic matter. Preferred pH of 5.8-6.5.
NOTE: Foliage will have green/ rust tones in the greenhouse, but mature to burgundy in full sun outdoors.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hibiscus acetosella
ALTERNATE NAMES: False Roselle, African Rose Mallow
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