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Growing Rosella, also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle

(Hibiscus Subdantta)

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions


  • Sow in garden, or start in seed trays. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 55 inches apart
  • Harvest in 21-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Feverfew, Coriander, Nasturtium and Hyssop
  • Rosella bud

This frost tender annual grows to a height of 2 metres. It is grown for its red fruit which make delicious jam or jelly.

Rosella needs a growing season of at least 6 months warm weather so is best suited to tropical or sub-tropical areas. Can be started under glass in cooler areas. Water well and give a dressing of fertiliser when flowering starts.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Rosella

The large flowers produce a crimson enlarged calyx.
Use the fleshy red calyx, without the green seed pod to make jam or jelly.


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08 May 14, tien le (USA - Zone 5b climate)
i want buy plant or seed roselle
23 Feb 13, r.e. corker (USA - Zone 7a climate)
rosella can be ordered at the following website [email protected]
30 Mar 12, Kathy Hunt (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Is there a source for the rosella seeds in the US? If so, how can I acquire some?
14 May 12, sussanne (Australia - tropical climate)
we have abundent rosella bushes growing . they are now full of fruit and flowers. it is now mid may . I want to make jam with the fruit. whendo i know what it the best time to pick them, I live outer northern Brisbane region. many thanks sussanne
08 May 11, Bill (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Where can I buy Roseella seed or Plants?
01 Sep 10, Dorothy Spofford (USA - Zone 7a climate)
Growing up in Qld my Mum always made Rozella jam.While visiting the Botanical garden in Norfolk Va this summer I noticed a large thriving crop of Rozella. Where can I get the seeds to try and grow in Williamsburg.Va.
01 Sep 10, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
The online catalogue of www.nicholsgardennursery.com lists roselle.

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Growing up in Qld my Mum always made Rozella jam.While visiting the Botanical garden in Norfolk Va this summer I noticed a large thriving crop of Rozella. Where can I get the seeds to try and grow in Williamsburg.Va.

- Dorothy Spofford


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