Miranda Castro Great video!
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31.08.2014 at 03:38 pm
Sita Dial Can't watch it . Hmm ....02.09.2014 at 12:01 am
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton We also try to keep volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Match & United Way. See there & our website for how you can get involved, or just contact MichaelSee More Adler
http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1298429.jspSee Less
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28.08.2014 at 05:54 pm
Julie Castle Does anyone have one of these or know where I can get one ? the edible Sugarplum/Sarvis/Sarvisberry/Serviceberry/Juneberry tree which can grow in our Zone.,,...
http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/the-amazing-serviceberry.aspx#axzz3BQ7nkbfl
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25.08.2014 at 12:23 pm
Michael Adler Kayla Susan Sosnow is donating her shed to EPP, but we need to move it. I think maybe if enough people come help, we can pick it up and put it on a trailerSee More (and then take it off at EPP.) We're going to do this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Who can help?See Less
17.08.2014 at 08:10 pm
Michael Adler or we might just get professionals to do it. I'm going to call about prices for that tomorrow.17.08.2014 at 08:13 pmDeborah Aldridge Nice shed! What a great gift!21.08.2014 at 07:35 pm2
Michael Adler I was thinking again how nice it would be to have our own tool/storage shed at EPP. Anyone interested in building one of these for us? We'll give youSee More lots of plants! http://www.homedepot.com/p/Arrow-Newport-8-ft-x-6-ft-Steel-Shed-NP8667/100119313See Less
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12.08.2014 at 09:26 pm
Kayla Susan Sosnow Michael Adler I would like to donate my shed to the Edible Plant Project. :-)16.08.2014 at 06:58 pm2Michael Adler YAY!!! Thank you! Also EPP can donate lots of plants to your new place when you're ready.16.08.2014 at 07:25 pm3
Aunt Maggi Unless this storm blows over quickly, don't think I will head back into town for the market. Sorry.13.08.2014 at 03:17 pm
Christopher Quire Interesting little article.
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12.08.2014 at 09:19 am
Andi Houston None of those are good choices for this area. Either too invasive or won't grow well.12.08.2014 at 11:39 pmAndi Houston Will tipuana tipu grow here?

http://growerjim.blogspot.com/2010/06/tipuana-tipu.html12.08.2014 at 11:41 pm
view 1 more commentsChristopher Quire It's more the approach and thought. This is a British site so choices will not work here. I meant to add that to the description.13.08.2014 at 05:26 am

Cranberry Hibiscus


Cranberry Hibiscus ( (a.k.a False roselle, African rosemallow – Hibiscus acetosella) is a striking and colorful plant with red leaves that resemble a maple leaf. It can be grown as a border or hedge plant – its dramatic purple leaves contrasting nicely with plants that have paler green leaves.

Zones: 8-11 Mature Height/Spread: 4-6 (10) feet
Mature Form: Wild & rangy, a dense bush if well pruned
Growth Rate: Rapid
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Soil Type: All kinds of soil as long as it is well-drained
Water: Fairly drought tolerant
Leaves: Burgundy to bronze-green
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Late Fall/Early Winter
Propagation: Cuttings or seed. Seeds can be dried on plants and collected (wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds)
Pests/Diseases: It is nematode and insect resistant It does best in full sun to light shade and has rose pink hollyhock-like flowers that open for a few hours at midday mostly in the fall. It tends to grow so tall it straggles all over the place because its slender branches bend right over from the weight of its leaves. Prune it when it is young by pinching out the growing tips to encourage it to form a dense bush. Cut it to the base after it has finished blooming and it will usually grow a second year. If kept well pruned, it makes a lovely hedge or shrub. Hibiscus sabdariffa is a sister species whose calyx (the sepals of the flower) is widely eaten throughout Africa. The calyx of cranberry hibiscus is not fleshy and is not eaten.

In Central America the flowers are blended with ice, sugar, lemon or lime juice and water to make a delicious, purple lemonade. The leaves are pleasantly tart and can be eaten in salads and stir fries. They retain their red color even after cooking. Because the leaves are a bit mucilaginous (slimy), they are best cooked in small-ish quantities and cooked only for a short time.
Hibiscus Drink: Collect about thirty blossoms at dusk after they have folded. The petals add a bright red color rather than any special flavor. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add 4 oz. dried hibiscus flowers and allow to steep, covered. When cool, add sugar to taste, and ½ cup fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice. Serve chilled.

Resources http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html#Food%20Uses http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com http://www.hibiscus.org
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Hibiscus%20acetosella

pdf – Cranberry Hibiscus Information Sheet (to print out)

7 comments to Cranberry Hibiscus

  • Jay

    Just a note referencing above comments on cranberry hibiscus. It states the plant is nematode and insect resistant. I don’t know about the nematodes, but I have several in my yard that almost became extinct from Thrips, mealy bugs, aphids and Sri Lanka weevil. I added a thick layer of mulch around the plant and the Sri Lanka weevil finally left. Also I drenched plants with neem oil and a spray of 2 tbs dish detergent (non degreaser type) and 2 tbs cooking oil per gallon, and the plants are now clean.

  • It usually grows fine for us. I haven’t had pest problems, but I heard of some that had something that looks like mealy bugs or a wooly aphid.

  • Lori Roche

    We have just discovered this fast growing hibiscus. We have noticed white spots sporadically on the leaves. What would you recommend using to get rid of this insect or fungus, or will it even bother the plant if left alone?

  • Diana

    I have planted a red/purple hibiscus plant and have pruned it back to create a bush. I now have flies I am assuming white flies. the leaves are being eaten away and the the blooms are not opening. I have used the soapy water solution and this is not working. I will try adding some oil to it. Any suggestions would be great as I love making tea with the flowers.

  • Greg Garriss

    I’ve grown roselle here in Hawai’i for several years and found it to be a wonderfully robust plant until recently. At the moment, I am battling a problem that is either bacterial or fungal. I get necrotic spots on the branches that grow until they wrap the circumference. Then the upper portion of the branch dies. The skin of the branch looks almost burned and the inside is rotted out. This takes maybe a week. I asked our local Ag extension to look into it.

  • Steve Grogan

    Diana, for whiteflies, if you spray your infected plants with strong blasts from a hose, once or twice a day for at least three consecutive days, you’ll disrupt the reproductive cycle of whiteflies and they’ll disappear. They deposit their eggs on the undersides of leaves. Strong jets of water will knock the eggs off.

  • karen

    I am looking for some cranberry hibiscus.
    Can anyone share may be 10 seed?
    I am planning to make an edible garden and I think this plant is an outstanding in edible landscapes.
    thanks

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