(Updated October 02, 2013)
The IHS is pleased to have in place a revised Seed Bank program.
1. To any one who might wish same, regardless of their hibiscus memberships or affiliations if any.
2. You may request seed once per year.
3. You will be provided 10 to 20 seed of H. rosa sinensis crosses and perhaps if you wish some H. syriacus seed with which you can test your germination technique before planting your valuable H. rosa sinensis crosses.
4. Seed of other hibiscus species may be available as well, and if interested you should ask the IHS Seed Bank Officer for a list of availability.
5. The seed is provided free of charge, but we do ask that you send the Seed Bank Officer your mailing address along with either 5 Euros or $6 US via PayPal to cover the packaging and postage to this email address - IHS.firstname.lastname@example.org. If PayPal is unavailable in your country, please contact the seed bank officer to make other arrangements. .
6. The seed provided by the IHS Seed Bank occasionally has the potential to produce some of the finest new hybrids in existence. However, 5% may be poor blooms, 80 to 90% should produce flowers most anyone will appreciate, and perhaps only 5% or less maybe be exceptional. Should you as the recipient come up with any that are extraordinary and worth registering, you would be listed as the grower and the person providing the seed would be listed as the hybridizer.
7. The IHS Seed Bank Officer will keep a record of all seed donations and seed provided to recipients, the format of which is at his discretion. He will be provided funds to pay for mailing materials which will be renewed upon his submission of an accounting to any IHS BOD member, who will pass it to the IHS BOD for approval and the IHS Treasurer for payment of funds. Seed germination instructions will be provided in several languages with the seed you receive.
For a more detailed set of seed germination and seed raising instructions with photos, please check out this link: http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/seed_bank_seed_raising_info.htm
Dear Hibiscus Lover.
You are receiving seeds from crossings obtained from different collectors.
These seeds must be handled with care, therefore follow these specific instructions:
· Nicking: To achieve good germination it is necessary to "nick" each seed. This means removing a slight amount of the black seed coat at the round end without hurting the seed itself that is sitting inside. One can use a razor knife in a sawing motion or a fingernail file to cut/sand off just enough of the seed coat to expose the white of the seed inside. This procedure is necessary so that humidity may enter and speed up the germination process. Take a look at http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/ go to "videos" (on the left) then go to "seed nicking".
· Soil Mixture: Most any mix is satisfactory, but it is of utmost importance that the mixture has excellent drainage. A proven seed raising mix is: half peat, half perlite. The seed itself contains the necessary substances for a good germination so mixes with additional fertilizer should be avoided.
· Sowing: After choosing a good humid soil mixture and "nicking" each seed, it has to be placed in little holes, about 0.5 - 1 cm (0.2 - 0.4 inches deep) and covered with the chosen seed raising mix. The germination in ideal conditions (at around 25º C - 78º F), happens normally within ten days.
· Watering: Correct watering is of the utmost importance. Overwatering is one the most common causes of failure. Keep the soil regularly humid, not too wet or too dry. It is highly recommended to water your seeds with a fungicide solution. If you cannot find a fungicide, use a 10% mixture of general purpose household bleach to prevent rotting, i.e., 1 part of bleach to 9 parts of water. If you live in a dry area, it may be beneficial to cover your seedling trays or place plastic over them. · Practice: if you are a beginner, you are also receiving some hibiscus syriacus seeds for practice. When you manage to germinate them according to the above instructions, you are ready to try with valuable H. rosa sinensis seeds.
· Credit: The seed provided by the IHS Seed Bank occasionally has the potential to produce some of the finest new hybrids in existence. Should you as the recipient come up with any that are extraordinary and worth registering, you would be listed as the grower and the person providing the seed would be listed as the hybridizer..
For any further information, get in touch with your hibiscus group of choice or visit the following link: http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/seed_bank_seed_raising_info.htm . We would greatly appreciate it if you tell your group about the results you have achieved.
The following will appear at the bottom of every IHS communication: To donate or request seed, please contact the IHS Seed Bank Officer, Tanja Capito