How to grow Abelmoschus manihot

Abelmoschus manihot growing shrub of the genus Abelmoschus and also known as Aibika or Hibiscus manihot, Abelmoschus manihot evergreen perennial but in a cold weather become deciduous or grow as annual plant and also used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+ as perennial and 5+ as annual.

Aibika leaves edible fleshy leaves with 5-7 lobes, sometimes the lobes very prominent and sometimes barely visible, depending on the species and conditions of growth, the leaves can reach to 15 cm.

Abelmoschus manihot flowers

Flowers are bright yellow edges on the inside near the stamens are darkened to purple brown.

Fruits are similar okra that it’s relative but are probably not edible (they might be edible but this information needs to be checked),

Seeds can be used as a substitute for coffee.

Tuber edible and starchy is used to develop a number of bulbs connected to the main root, look as cassava tuber.

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Requirements for Abelmoschus manihot growing and care:
Well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but if you growing for the leaves some cultivars are tender than the other

Difficulties or problems when growing:
In hot climate the

Planting season:
Spring as annual, spring to autumn as perennial

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, slugs

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Not recommend to prune, but possible to cut the top of plant

Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Less than full sun in hot summer climates

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Flowers are bright yellow edges on the inside near the stamens are darkened to purple brown

Thinning the bloom:
No need

Pollination is done by:

Fruit information

Seeds are the edilbe part (fruit maybe need confirmation)
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Aibika fruit?

Work requirements on the fruit:
Collect the seeds from the fruits before it falls to the ground

How long does it take to bear fruit?
5-8 month

How to Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
2-3.5 mm black seeds

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, dark place

Sowing season:

Planting spacing:
20-30 cm

Depth of Sowing:
1-2 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
moist not too much, well drain soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
2 weeks – 3 month

Condition of seedling:
Keep the soil moist without it the plant can be die

Do the seeds require burying?

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting, tubers

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
3-7 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Moist, well drain soil, half shade

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
In tropics climate all year, in colder place spring, summer, autumn

How to harvest the leaves?
Next to the branch

Information about leaves:
Fleshy leaves with 5-7 lobes

Uses of Aibika leaves:
Young leaves can used for salad and the fully grown for cooking, stir fry, staffed leaves

Edible Roots

Information about tuber
Roots are used to develop a number of bulbs connected to the main root, look as cassava tuber

Harvesting tuber season:

Uses of tuber:

Scientific name:

Abelmoschus manihot

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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