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Other names: Queensland Jam Plant
Characteristics: Shrub to 2 m spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: Approx 15
The Rosella or “Queensland Jam plant" Hibicus subdantta is grown for its red, fleshy fruit, which are prized for the making of jelly and jams with a cranberry- like flavour.
Requiring a warm growing season of at least 5 months frost it may be successfully grown with care in cooler climates. If plants are started under glass or in a mini greenhouse it is possible to mature Rosellas in cooler districts in most seasons.
Prefers a well-drained moist soil in a protected sunny position. Frost and drought tender.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you research these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.