Roselle or Hibiscus Sabdariffa is a very interesting plant to grow. Categorized as an herbal medicine by boiling its fresh calyx (making syrup or jam) or dried it to make tea it’s been said can lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, reduce fever, clear phlegm and many more.
Roselle is really easy to plant, the flower will start blooming after 60 days from sowing its seeds. Then after 80 days, the calyx can be a harvest. From one roselle tree, it can be harvested up to 6 times.
I started plant roselle with two varieties in my garden, harvested it, sun-dried it and sell to those who loved it but don’t have enough space to plant it.
I really hope that I can expand my garden and grow more organic Roselle to meet the supply throughout my country.
Roselle is hardy in zones 8-11, but if given a long and warm growing season, it can be grown and harvested like an annual in other zones. However, it cannot tolerate frost and requires a lot of moisture to grow happily.
Roselle is native from India to Malaysia, where it is commonly cultivated, and must have been carried at an early date to Africa. It has been widely distributed in the Tropics and Subtropics of both hemispheres, and in many areas of the West Indies and Central America has become naturalized.