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Abelmoschus manihot

Abelmoschus manihot
Common name flowering okra
Family malvaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers yellow/black (late summer)
Size 5'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Germinate at room temperature (bottom heat helpful). Occasionally self-seeds in our garden. Sometimes requires hard nicking to germinate.
detailed seed-starting info below

Striking, large lemon-yellow hibiscus-like flowers, deeply cut foliage. Upright plant habit. We grow it just about every year.

flowering okra
I like the subtle fall coloration of the bold leaves, starting around mid-October.
Abelmoschus manihot

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 garden. Baggy 75F (40+%G, 7-18d)
  2. Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 75F (75%G, 2-6d)
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 75F (50%G, 8-30d). Germination only occurred after successively more severe nicking operations, eventually cutting a gap with a knife
  4. Seed from '05 garden ('06 seed failed, molded). Sandpapered, baggy 75F (56%G, 10-36d)
  5. Seed from '07 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (84%G, 5d)
  6. Seed from '07 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (78%G, 5-9d)
  7. Seed from '09 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (7%G, 8d). Molded quickly
  8. Seed from '09 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (20%G, 4-8d). Once again quick mold development, though it didn't seem to prevent germination of viable seeds
  9. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 75F (no G, 24d)
  10. Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (100%G, 5-10d)
  11. Seed for 'Mischief' from HPS/MAG '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 75F (33%G, 7-13d) - sandpapered - 75F (50%G, 2-d)

Seed maintains viability well over several years. Be careful when harvesting seed - both seed borers and moisture (and resulting fungus) can ruin seed.

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