Growing Rosella, also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle

Hibiscus Subdantta : Malvaceae / the mallow family

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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 20°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 140 cm apart
  • Harvest in 21-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Feverfew, Coriander, Nasturtium and Hyssop
  • Rosellas on plant
  • Rosella bud
  • Rosella plant

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.

Your comments and tips

06 Sep 23, Wendy Paterson (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
If anyone is looking for Roselle/Rosella seed in South Africa go to livingseeds online store.
24 May 23, Iman (Canada - Zone 6b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Does roselle grow in Edmonton as a perennial or annual?
25 May 23, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Winter in Edmonton would be too cold for Roselle to survive, so treat it as an annual.
10 Feb 23, Noelene Mayfield and Gordon Mayfield (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What would be eating my rosella bushes also ants on the trees. Should i fertilizer with what Thanks Noelene
13 Feb 23, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Summer brings rain - rain brings insects and grubs. Look on the leaves at night time and pinch off. Use some chemical sprays or organic mix. Any general fertiliser.
11 Dec 22, Ray Butterworth (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Where can I buy rosella seeds or plants in the UK ?
15 Feb 23, (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
There is no planting guide for Rosella for United Kingdom. Probably not warm enough to grow.
25 Nov 22, Mike Fishlock (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
When do I sow Rozella seeds in UK
28 Oct 22, Sheryn Verner (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do I cut back my rosella plant after fruiting.? Mine seems to be dying, not a single leaf on it.
10 Jul 22, Daniel E Brumbaugh (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I started a tray of roselle in June an I'm planting now in July. Is it too late? I know that roselle blooms when the days start getting shorter, how does this work after the summer solstice?
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The online catalogue of lists roselle.

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