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Four O'Clock Seed Mix

Product Size Price Price Per Unit Quantity
1/4 Pound
Price: $4.95
1 Pound
Price: $12.95
5 Pounds 5 pounds cover approximately 5,445 square feet.
Price: $59.95
10 Pounds 10 pounds cover approximately 10,890 square feet.
Price: $109.95

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Quick Overview

This mix gives you all the bright Four O'Clock colors. Glossy-leaved plants, 12 to 36." Roots can be lifted in fall.

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Details
SKU MJMXG
Common Name Four O'Clock
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Estimated Mature Height 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1 pound cover approximately 1089 square feet
Seeds Per Pound 6,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To South America
Native to Latin America
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Suggested Uses Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms, Easy to Grow
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
For a blaze of beautiful afternoon color, plant this mixture. When frost threatens, you can dig the bulbous roots that will have formed, and save them (like dahlias or glads) for next spring.

About the Four O'Clocks or the "Marvel of Peru." This wonderful tropical wildflower has been gracing gardens for centuries. Your grandmother probably grew it, and knew the big secret of the older seeds. They are famous for rapid growth and producing glossy-leaved plants having flowers in several colors--on the same plant!

The names tell the story. The blooms open in the afternoon, thus the common name "Four O'Clock." And the botanical name, Mirabilis jalapa should tell you the plant comes from a Spanish-speaking area. "Mirabilis" means "wonderful" in Latin, and the Spanish-appearing "Jalapa" (the j is pronounced as an "h" in Spanish) is a town in Mexico.

Then there's that other common name: "Marvel of Peru." This exotic descriptive name tells you the plants grow wild in the Andes, and the "Marvel" part refers to the fact that they do produce flowers in several colors on the same plant. Seeds were sent to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 1500's.

In your garden, you have a choice of which color(s) you want to grow. Yes, the wild plants do have flowers in several colors, but they're rangy, somewhat weedy plants, too. The hybrids we plant today are organized by color and make neat, bushy growth, rarely over about 24."

The potato-like roots.The bulbous roots. Four O'clocks grow rapidly from seed, and another curious thing about this annual is that they quickly form a bulbous root, much like the common potato. In frost-free places (like Miami), they can be left in the ground year-round, and these big roots simply grow larger and larger over the years. Where there are freezes, the "bulbs" can be lifted in fall, and replanted in spring, giving you large, rapidly developing plants and lots of quick color.

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Pros

  • Low maintenance (5)
  • Reliable growth (4)
  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Long bloom time (3)
  • Pest resistant (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Containers (4)
    • Border control (3)
    • Large areas (3)
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    5.0

    Excellent choice for hot climates

    By Rich G

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

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    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Very Heat Tolerant

    Cons

    • Slow Growth

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Large Areas
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

    I have never tried starting with seeds so I gave these a shot. They are excellent! Though you have to be patient as they take awhile to get going. They have handled the Arizona heat perfectly. (Last week it hit 111 degrees). I would recommend these to anyone !

     
    5.0

    Delightful Flower

    By The Hiker

    from Fairbury NE

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    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Border Control

      Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

      I love this delightful flower and always order at least one lb. each year. It is a rigorous grower even in half-shade and produces beautful four color flowers each afternoon for months on end. Too bad it's an annual, but the seeds are very low cost so re-planting isn't expensive, hence I haven't bothered to lift the tubes each fall.

       
      5.0

      Great product Great price!

      By Leevje

      from California

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          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

          I love four o'clocks! But it's not easy to find four o'clock seeds in Californis without plunking down a couple of dollars for a small pkg of seeds. It was great to find a1/4 lb seeds for a low price. There were more than enough for my garden and I had plenty left over to share with friends! The plants are growing nicely and I'm looking forward to an abundance of colorful flowers!

           
          4.0

          Easy as pie

          By Paul

          from Climax, NY

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          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Containers
            • Large Areas
            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

            I planted these seeds in various places on our property. They grew everywhere. The main planting was in front of a stone wall along the road in very average soil. I also used them to fill in in some perennial beds. They grew well in all types of soil. Up in NY State Zone 5, I sowed in May. Blooms began in late Aug and are blooming still (Oct 20).

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By kareon

            from oscoda mi

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

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            Pros

            • Fill in the garden
            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

              These flowers are beautiful. The greens fill in the garden and when they are in bloom they really frame our house.

               
              5.0

              Four O'Clock Seeds are Splendid!

              By Pat

              from Central Virginia

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              Pros

              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Pest Resistant
              • Reliable Growth
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Containers

                Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

                Gorgeous color! Easy to grow! Friends all wanted my extra seeds!

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