How To Grow Roselle

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by admin on June 19, 2014

Roselle is a species of Hibiscus native to the tropics.  In some places, the plant is primarily cultivated for the production of bast fibre which comes from the stem of this plant. The fibre may be used as a substitute for jute in making burlap. Roselle, has been used in folk medicine as a mild laxative, diuretic, treatment for cardiac problems, nerve diseases, and even to treat cancer. The red calyces of the plant are increasingly exported to Europe and where they are used as food colourings. Roselle is associated with traditional medicine in some cultures. China and Thailand currently produce the most Roselle in the world. The Roselle in Thailand is considered to be of a very high quality.

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How To Grow Roselle Step One

These plants are drought resistant but they need water during overly dry periods where the moisture in the soil is so depleted that wilting of the plant occurs. The soil should have some good fertilizer if it is nutrient poor but for the most part the plant will grow in any soil as long as it has at least some nutrients in it. Have seed spacing at 1.46 feet and then sow to about 1cm.  Cuttings or seedlings will work as well as seeds for growing this plant.

Make sure that the soil temperature is about 24-75 degrees so the seeds that you plant have a chance to germinate properly. Make beds in the soil prior to putting your Roselle seeds into the soil. If you use seedlings you can plant them at about 80-100 cm apart. Plant the Roselle in the wet season as the plants need a good 12 hours of daylight to start flowering.  Wait until the frosts are over as the plant is tender and it won’t survive in frost conditions. They like the sun and give them fresh water periodically to help the plants grow.

Step Two

After the plant flowers the Roselle will be ready after 20 day. Inside the seedpod should be green when you pick the fruit. You can leave the fruit on the plant until you get mature pods and thе seeds are gone if you like. You should be able to get about 1.5kg of calyces off of each plant. You can eat younger shoots raw or you can cook them like a vegetable.

Step Three

Store them at around 7-10 degrees with a humidity that is about 90-95%. Thee plants have  a few pests such as caterpillars and leaf spot so be sure to check for these when your plants are growing and take appropriate steps to remove these pests from your plants.

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