Confederate Rose Seeds

$0.75

4-6″ ruffled flowers in various shades of pink

25 seeds

Out of stock

Product Description

Hibiscus mutabilis

4-6″ ruffled double flowers in various shades of pink.  I have read and heard that Confederate rose flowers change colors from white to pink to red.  I have never seen a white or red flower on mine.  They vary in different shades of pink for me.  This plant gets huge, reaching anywhere from 6-15 feet and 6-10 feet wide.  Perennial in zones 7-11, it flowers in fall (usually in late September, beginning of October for me here in zone 8A, central Alabama).  Bees love them, providing a food source for them last into the season.  These seeds were collected from my confederate rose in December 2021 and are only 75 cents since I do not know what the flowers will look like from seed.  I sold all of my 2019 starts in 2020 before flowering time.  I am putting them up for sale if anyone wants to experiment with them.  Be mindful that plants will not flower from seed in the first year.

Packet is 25 seeds.

Germination

Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before your last average frost.  Soak seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours.  Place seeds between damp paper towels, and place into a Ziploc bag left unzipped.  Keep in a warm (70-75° F), bright place.  Germination should be in 7-21 days.

Some sources say you need to put the seeds through cold stratification first (damp paper towel in Ziploc bag in fridge for 4 weeks) before they will germinate.  I germinated confederate rose seeds in 2019 and did not do that.  Mine started germinating in 11 days.  I had quite a few to germinate, but a lot did not.  Perhaps the germination rate would have been higher had I refrigerated them first.  If you do the cold stratification, you can skip soaking them.  After 4 weeks, I would transfer seeds to new damp paper towels and proceed with germinating them in an unzipped Ziploc bag in a warm location indoors.

Once seeds germinate and you begin to see roots emerge, plant them in seed-starting mix, being sure to cover the seeds.  They are ready to plant up into bigger pots or in the garden when they have 4-6 true leaves.

Growing

Confederate roses get huge, so be sure to plant where they will have plenty of room.  They can grow anywhere from 6-15 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide.  They prefer full sun to partial shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil.  Water your newly planted plant regularly.  Once confederate roses become established, they are fairly drought tolerant.  During the growing season, you can apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.

Additional Information

Plant Type

Perennial

Perennial Zones

7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Season

Fall

Bloom Color

Pink

Plant Height

Tall (taller than 36")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Special Characteristics

Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

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