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Growing Rosella, also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle

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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 beside): Feverfew, Coriander, Nasturtium and Hyssop

Your comments and tips

17 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do some research on the internet about it.
16 Dec 17, Bernadette (Australia - temperate climate)
My rosella seems to be dying, do they die off and come back later or just die or is it just asleep. I live at Fitzgibbon Brisbane, thank you
19 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It's an annual so it may have just died. Google and read about growing it.
08 Dec 17, Sue (Australia - tropical climate)
My rosella bush leaves are being eaton by something I can't see anything on them but it is leaving small holes in them. What is a safe spray to use on the rosella bushes.
01 Jan 18, Tanya (Australia - temperate climate)
I use a neem oil spray on my bush. That's non harmful to the beneficial insects and only harms the things which eat the leaves.
15 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look up an organic spray.
13 Jul 17, Helga Martin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have rossella growing and in the past have been successfull however the last two times i have tried to grow these they get to a height of say 400mm and they start a dieback with a white sap like liquid coming out of the bottom of the plant eventually killing it.Any help would be much appreciated we live up in the mountains west of Sarina yes we get frosts however the last rossella plants die back in late summer.
24 Apr 17, Francoise Jorgensen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How do you protect the fruits from insect attacks without using pesticide?
25 Apr 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
Yates have a product called Natures Way Caterpillar Killer - Dipel. This is a natural bacteria spray that is absolutely harmless to everything except caterpillars. It works by disrupting the digestive system in the caterpillar which then dies.
13 Apr 17, Gwendolyn T (USA - Zone 4b climate)
I've started my seeds in a pot..can you tell me about how long until they sprout
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