Edible Hibiscus – Tropical Garden D

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Featured Plant in Garden D - Edible Hibiscus

1) Plant History & General Information:

  • Location on Property:  Garden HGarden NGarden I
  • Edible Hibiscus Hawaii
    Edible Hibiscus Hawaii

    Scientific & Other Names: Abelmoschus Manihot, Hibiscus Manihot, Bele, Hibiscus Spinach, Aibika

  • Region of Origin:  Tropical Asia
  • General History: Pacific Spinach (Abelmoschus manihot; formerly Hibiscus manihot). Edible hibiscus is a fast-growing warm-weather green vegetable that can be eaten raw for maximum nutrition! It is one of the world’s most nutritious leafy green vegetables due to its high protein content.  The blooms of this species come in late summer and are a brilliant pale yellow with a dark purple center with a diameter of 6 inches. In Japan, the roots are used to create a paste for making paper.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food:  Leaves can be cooked or used in salad as spinach. The bigger leaves can be used as a wrap. Nutritious, full of protein and iron.
  • As Medicine: Drinking tea made from the leaves will lower blood pressure
  • Other Uses: n/a

3) Growing Instructions

  • Growing: Plant in the September-February season. Grow from cuttings about 10-20cm long, buried halfway in potting mix. Keep them spaced about 60cm apart and fertilize regularly.
  • Best time to Harvest:  January-May
  • Sunlight Requirements: Full sun. This plant will not thrive in the shade.
  • Soil Requirements: Thrives in moist and fertile, well-drained soil. This hardy plant tolerates a range of soils, from sand to clay and acidic to alkaline. For best-growing results, the soil must be kept moist. May also be grown as a potted specimen.


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    From cuttings taken in spring/summer. Allow stalks to reach mature height for blooming. Pruning the main stalk will promote branching.

  2. Use loppers cutting the stem at an angle about every 12 inches on the Hibiscus, Lay each  Edible Hibiscus stem down in the correct direction (top of stem pointing up, the bottom of stem pointing down) to the side
  3. Remove the bottom leaves of the Edible Hibiscus but keep a few of the top baby leaves on the top piece,
  4. Choose the area you are planting to and stick the correct angle cut ends of the plant into the ground at least 2-3 inches,
  5. Cover the base of the plant with a brown paper bag, put soil and a few lava rocks or guava to hold down paper on top, and water thoroughly.

Controlling Spread: When the plant gets too tall to harvest, cut the main stem of the plant with loppers, harvest leaves, lop the branch evenly at an angle, and propagate.

Difficulties with this plant: Grasshoppers like to eat the plant, so it helps to plant Sweet Basil and or Tulsi Basil within your hibiscus patch to deter them

History of this Plant at Hedonisia:

  • Edible Hibiscus is planted prominently on the side of the Candy Barn growing into the Hang Out Zone, and many other places on the property. The food growing in the living area does entice more people to try it as an alternative green! It's used quite often for plate presentation, cooked as greens, sauteed, and great to chiffonade for soups and presentations!

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Garden D Pre-Volcano Instructions

A brief walk-through of Hedonisia Hawaii's Garden D, also known as the salad garden, and how to facilitate, maintain, and clean the garden to keep it functioning and beautiful. The salad garden is near the kitchen area to allow guests and volunteers alike to benefit from the delicious edibles that inhabit it (see below), as well as provide nearby Citronella as a natural mosquito repellent while relaxing in the outside communal areas.

Air Mural in Side Garden
Side of Jungle Cottage Garden


  • Sides of Jungle Cottage and Barn

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden:

This Mixed Garden has the following plants:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Taro
  • Okinawa Spinach
  • Katuk
  • Bamboo Orchids
  • Edible Hibiscus
  • Red Edible Hibiscus
  • Papaya
  • Surinam Cherry

Maintenance Activities For This Garden:

  • Main Weeds: lawn grass
    • Use fine hand weeding to weed in between all plants. Use a Kama sparingly.
  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Update plant pages if any are added or removed from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Keeping the garden borders free of weeds with weed whacker
    • Add more Okinawa Spinach and Katuk to the driveway side of the Barn as needed
    • Continue fine hand weeding the rest of the garden using a Kama scythe to remove choking weeds and climbers to allow them to grow undisturbed
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim, and mulch bases if necessary as above
    • We also collect wood shavings from projects to use as decorative mulch in non-food beds. Guava inhibits plant and weed growth, so use in decorative areas only.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
    • Transplant excess low decoratives such as aloe, to the side of Jungle Cottage
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvesting regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye to see if it's needed weekly or bi-weekly
    • Some plants need topping to reduce height or harvesting will be impossible.


Post-Volcano Online Community

With our model of community living, we attracted wonderful people from around the world.
Over a 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed websites, books, and eCourses.

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