Four O'Clock Seed Mix

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Bright, colorful blooms create a statement in the spring and summer garden, blooming in all shades of pink, red, yellow and white. Growing to be about 12-36”, this Four O’Clock mixture is an annual but the roots can be lifted in the fall, stored during winter, and re-planted the next spring. This variety is easy to grow and prefers full sun. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
SKU MJMXG
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.

Associated SKUs
MJMXG
MJMXQP (1/4 Pound)
MJMXLB (1 Pound)
MJMXLB5 (5 Pounds)
MJMXLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name Four O'Clock
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Mature Height 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 181 sq ft.
1 lb covers 725 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 3,625 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 7,250 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 6,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To South America
Native To Latin America
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (2)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (7)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Reliable growth (6)
  • Long bloom time (5)
  • Pest resistant (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Border control (5)
  • Containers (5)
  • Large areas (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Casual hobbyist (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent choice for hot climates

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...Read complete review

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 !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Oddly Disappointing

I have grown four o'clocks in all of my gardens since I was a child and gathered seeds from my grandmother's house. I have never had a negative experience with these dependable and low-maintenance...Read complete review

I have grown four o'clocks in all of my gardens since I was a child and gathered seeds from my grandmother's house. I have never had a negative experience with these dependable and low-maintenance flowers...until now. The seeds germinated well but then did not grow. I planted these seeds in my new garden in April. They remain four inches tall and only one plant has bloomed. Those that I have pulled up to make room do seem to be establishing healthy bulbs so hopefully I will a few healthy, normal plants next year.

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4.0

Heardy

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from Mountain Home, AR

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Pros

  • Fragrant
  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

    Spreads out fast

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Plant!

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist, Professional Landscaper

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    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Containers
      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

      Mass reproduces every year, great succulent type plant for hot weather

       
      1.0

      Oddly Disappointing

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      from Bethel Springs, TN

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

          I have grown four o'clocks in all of my gardens since I was a child and gathered seeds from my grandmother's house. I have never had a negative experience with these dependable and low-maintenance flowers...until now. The seeds germinated well but then did not grow. I planted these seeds in my new garden in April. They remain four inches tall and only one plant has bloomed. Those that I have pulled up to make room do seem to be establishing healthy bulbs so hopefully I will a few healthy, normal plants next year.

           
          5.0

          Lovely!

          By 

          from TN

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Cut Flowers

            Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

            These flowers grew with minimal effort on my part. It was so easy to sow the seeds then let them have at it. Very pleased and will buy from American Meadows again.

             
            1.0

            4 o'clocks

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            from Ontario Canada

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            Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

            I love 4 o'clocks - very magical. I bought 1/4 lb to share with my girl friends (one being a Florist) 4 of us planted them and not one of us got a single flower? Very disappointed.
            Probably will try another seed seller this year Even the complimentary wild flowers seeds did nothing.

            that's about all I can say.

            Judith

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent choice for hot climates

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            from Phoenix, AZ

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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 Seed Mix:

            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

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            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 Seed Mix:

              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product Great price!

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              from California

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Containers

                  Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seed Mix:

                  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 

                  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 Seed Mix:

                    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 

                    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 Seed Mix:

                      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 

                      from Central Virginia

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      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 Seed Mix:

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

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                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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