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Roselle Gongura Sour-leaf Sorrel Seeds

Roselle Gongura Sour-leaf Sorrel Seeds

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Roselle Seeds Gongura Sour-leaf Sorrel Hibiscus sabdariffa. 30 Seeds

Roselle Seeds Guide

What is Roselle?

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a tropical plant that is grown for its edible calyces (the fleshy part of the flower that surrounds the seeds). The calyces can be used to make tea, jams, jellies, and other food products. Roselle is also known for its medicinal properties, and is often used to treat high blood pressure, cholesterol, and other health conditions.

How to Grow Roselle from Seed

Roselle seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors. To sow seeds directly in the garden, wait until the soil temperature has reached at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. Thin the seedlings to 12-18 inches apart once they have emerged.

To start seeds indoors, sow them 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist, well-drained starting mix. Keep the soil warm and moist until the seeds germinate.

Once the seedlings have developed their first true leaves, transplant them into individual pots. Harden off the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for a week before transplanting them into the garden.

Transplanting Roselle Seedlings

When transplanting roselle seedlings, choose a location in full sun with well-drained soil. Amend the soil with compost or manure before planting to improve drainage and fertility.

Space the plants 3-4 feet apart. Roselle plants can grow quite large, so it is important to give them plenty of room to spread out.

Caring for Roselle Plants

Roselle plants are relatively low-maintenance. Water them regularly, especially during hot weather. Fertilize the plants every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.

Roselle plants are not typically susceptible to pests or diseases, but they can be damaged by frost. If you live in a cold climate, you may need to protect your plants over the winter.

Harvesting Roselle Calyces

Roselle calyces are ready to harvest 70-90 days after planting. Harvest the calyces when they are fully ripe and have a bright red color. To harvest, simply cut the calyces from the plant with a sharp knife.

Uses for Roselle Calyces

Roselle calyces can be used to make tea, jams, jellies, and other food products. They can also be eaten fresh, but they are quite tart.

To make roselle tea, simply steep the calyces in hot water for 5-10 minutes. You can add sugar or honey to taste.

To make roselle jam or jelly, cook the calyces in sugar and water until they are soft. Then, puree the mixture and strain it through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Cook the puree until it reaches the desired consistency.

Roselle calyces can also be used to make other food products, such as syrups, sauces, and ice cream.

Saving Roselle Seeds

To save roselle seeds, simply leave a few calyces on the plant at the end of the season. Allow the calyces to dry completely on the plant. Once the calyces are dry, they will crack open easily. Shake out the seeds and store them in a cool, dark place.

Roselle seeds can be stored for up to 2 years.


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