Hibiscus Seed Sales
Fraudulent or Legitimate?
Many people around the world are fascinated by the beautiful flowers that are shown on our website. Unfortunately, our plants are only available in the United States. Several people have told us about a person in Singapore who has sold "hibiscus seeds" on eBay and elsewhere on the internet using photos of our plants that he downloaded from our website. His claim was that the plants grown from his seeds would produce the flowers shown in the photos. Many people from all over the world have purchased these expensive seeds believing that they would flower with the blooms shown in our photos. They will not. There is no question about it - it is a biological impossibility for any hibiscus seeds to bloom with the flowers shown in our photos.
A Persistent Fraudulent Seed Seller on Ebay
If you have been defrauded by Silla--Glamour or Silla-Flowerful, we recommend that you apply through PayPal to get your money refunded. It was through the efforts of customers who demanded a refund that he was shut down under his first two names in 2007 and 2008. The other way to influence eBay to shut down this fraudulent store is to go to the feedback section on eBay for recent customers of the seller, and then to send those customers an e-mail message warning them of the fraud. This creates a rapid exchange of information among cheated customers and increases the likelihood that eBay will pay attention to the situation.
Legitimate Hybrid Hibiscus Seeds
There are legitimate sellers of hybrid hibiscus seed on the internet. Legitimate sellers inform the potential customer that each seed is genetically unique and that there is no guarantee or way to know what the flower will look like. The plants must be grown for 1 to 3 years and make their first flower before you know what the flower will look like. There are also those who offer seeds from species plants of hibiscus, such as the native American species Hibiscus moscheutos or Texas Star hibiscus. These are not hybrids and the seeds do produce genetically identical plants. All the multicolored beauties on the HVH website are hybrids of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and each seed of these is unique and genetically different from every other hybrid seed. That is why the seller in Singapore cannot show a photo of one of our varieties and claim to have seed from that specific variety. Each variety of our plants originates from just one seed. We make multiple plants by cloning the original plant using vegetative propagation methods such as rooting cuttings from that plant or grafting cuttings of that original plant onto root stock. No other seed will ever be identical to the one that produced each of our varieties.
Hibiscus cannot be grown from seed.
Each seed produces a unique offspring.
With the best hybridization methods,
only about 25% of seed produces
high quality exotic hibiscus cultivars
like this 'Island Queen.'
If you have any questions about any of this, please post your question on the HVH Forum and Charles will be happy to answer.