What is the best way to dry and store 4 o'clock seeds from an existing plant to plant next spring?
After collecting your Four O'Clock seeds, let them dry out for a day or two then store in a cool dry place through the winter. Keep in mind Four O'Clocks re-seed themselves plentifully, so go ahead and leave some seeds on the ground where they fall. You'll probably see more of these little beauties the following year.
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I need to know what this plant is. It has medium green leaves and yellow flower blooms all over it. I thought was a pepper plant but, apparently, pepper plants have white blooms. So I am lost.
The image is coming through a little fuzzy but it looks like it could be a Mirabilis (four o'clock flower) or another ornamental in the Solanaceae family. Peppers are also Solanaceae
Check if the flowers look like these ones (aside from the color):
Thank you. Yes the yellow flowers on the second link you sent look just like them. Thank you Alisma for answering.!
I have 6 rectangular pots the measurements are 18 1/2 inch long x7 inch tall x 4 inch wide, how many seeds can I put in each pot? And can the seeds Be close or further apart and do I need to put a couple holes in the pot for drainage or no holes needed ? And lastly is any potting soil ok to use ? Thank you
All pots or planting containers should and need have drainage holes. This is important so that the soil can drain of excess water.
4 O'Clocks may be more suited to growing in the ground, but you can grow in containers-where they may become more of a trailing plant.
The depth of your container is quite shallow, so your plants will not be able to stay in this container for likely more then one season.
You can plant them into the ground at the end of summer or even cut them all the way back to keep them small.
Always read the back of the seed packets for planting directions.
I would plant the seeds in a good quality potting soil and place the seeds every 2 to 3 inches apart. Cover with about 1 inch of soil.
Keep the planting medium moist but not soggy.
Here is a great article about this wonderful perennial.
I planted a few rows of four o'clocks a week apart. The first row Is blooming beautifully but now the plants are turning bright green and are not as full. The back row is starting to bloom but you can see in the picture the color and size are quite different. Are they dying? Is that just what happens when they bloom? They are full sun after about noon. I water them in the am and pm since I'm watering my new grass anyway. Could my flower bed not have been deep enough? Front row is solid colors back row is the striped. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Maree Sagers
I don't think it's simply a different plant. They look even worse today and not blooming
This simply may be a difference in variety of plant.
Can I replant the tops of four oclock plants after pruning
You can cut or break off a branch with about 7-8 inches long and plant it to the ground or in a container. Don’t worry about root rot before rooting as Four O’Clocks can easily root from branch or stem cuttings. However, you must make sure not to overwater the cuttings to avoid rotting.
My wife was given some seeds and was told that the seeds were "4 o'clock" flowers. However, these seeds do not match any description of "4 o'clock" seeds I have found. These particular seeds are large(1/8th" to 3/16th" diameter), silver/gray in color, hard and round. They look like tiny,gray peaches. I planted them this spring and the plant itself has multiple stems with long narrow leaves surrounding each stem. No buds or blooms have appeared yet. Can you help with I.D.? Also, I don't have any seeds left or a digital camera to take a photo. Sorry.
Possibly Mirabilis jalapa from Peru. A google search will give you the answer.
I live in central Texas and was given some Four O'Clocks by a friend, but I don't when would be the best time to plant them. As we are experiencing some pretty hot weather here in July, I don't want to lose them. Thanks.
These articles should help you care for your new four O'Clocks