Roselle, Jamaican Sorrel
Roselle, Jamaican Sorrel
For sale is a live plant established in a pot with leaves & roots.
Our Naturally Grown Roselle bushes are a few months old (1’-2’ tall) and seed-grown from reliable, local stock.
Roselle plants are staked in a 5” pot with soil, sealed in a plastic wrapping to retain moisture during shipment. When you receive this plant, simply remove the plastic and check moisture in the soil. Water the plant once per day while in their container. Plants have also been fertilized for the season.
Grown Naturally without the use of inorganic or synthetic chemicals or soil amendments. We hand select for each order from our stock of premium quality plants grown & raised at A Natural Farm in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Quality in plant propagation is of upmost importance when seeking nutrition & medicinal value from edible plants!
Roselle is also known as Florida Cranberry, Jamaican Sorrel & Rose-mallow.
All parts of the plant are edible. In Florida, we use Roselle as a staple salad green crop and harvest is calyxes for candies, jellies and tea. The leaves exude a tart & sweet quality, earning its Florida Cranberry name. The calyxes/petals are fleshy petals surrounding the seed pods. These are eaten raw and used as a the commonly known Hibiscus tea.
*Harvesting Calyxes/Petals for tea/infusion*
Harvest calyxes about 10 days after the flowers bloom.
Harvest regularly to keep the plants blooming and producing.
Remove the calyxes from the seed pods.
Infuse 2 handfuls petals in one quart of boiling water.
After infusion to simmer for about 10 minutes.
The infusion can be strained of the calyxes which can be further used in a variety of recipes.
It can be sweetened to make a flavorful cold or warm drink.
The remaining pulp makes a delicious jam or pie filling.
Calyxes/Petals already contain 3% pectin to produce an easy to make jelly.
Nearly any soil type will do for Roselle - our bushes planted in the ground are thriving without any irrigation or fertilizer. They adapt well to humid & hot conditions during the summer. It is an excellent & hardy summer leafy green.
One plant will produce many seeds & reseeds itself nicely without becoming invasive.
To avoid root knot nematodes, plant in a new area of the garden each year. Mulching will help to control the nematode population, conserve water and inhibit weeds.
USDA Hardiness Zones: Roselle can be grown in the ground in Zones 8-11. Use as a container plant up to Zone 5
Plant Type: Annual
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: Tender leaves, calyxes can be harvested 10 days after the flowers bloom
Full Size: Can easily reach 4'-7' in one season; very fast growing
Cold Tolerance: Not tolerant to frost
Light Requirements: Full sun to Partial
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Water daily until established, hardy & drought tolerant after establishment
Soil & Site Requirements: Will grow in nutrient poor sandy soils and rich soils alike.
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