Hibiscus plants from seed
I have a mature red hibiscus plant on my window sill which was blooming the last few summers - I often counted 15 buds at a time. I tried pollinating with a cotton bud and was overjoyed to get a couple of seed pods which I allowed to mature and dry out. From the seeds that I planted, I got about 10 little plants but they didn't all look the same. Seven of them had leaves like the mother plant, whereas three had slightly different leaves - narrower and split into 2 or 3 'slices'. How can this be? Is there such a thing as a male plant and a female plant? I can send photos if you wish. Thanks in advance, Malcolm
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
There are not male and female plants. Likely, the ones that are different are reversions that are from a previous cross that was used to get your particular hibiscus. Many plants' seeds will revert to a previous parent plant. They may also be sports, otherwise known as genetic mutations. Many plants people love actually started out as a sport. Let them grow and see what they turn out looking like. It can make it exciting to see what the result will be.