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:
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
Spring as annual, spring to autumn as perennial
Pests and diseases:
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:
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:
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:
Pollination is done by:
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?
How to Grow from seeds
2-3.5 mm black seeds
Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, dark place
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
moist not too much, well drain soil
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
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 Method:
Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Moist, well drain soil, half shade
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
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: