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Four O'Clock Seed Mix

Product Size Price Price Per Unit Quantity
1/4 Pound

Price: $4.95

Sale: $4.71

1 Pound

Price: $12.95

Sale: $12.31

5 Pounds 5 pounds cover approximately 5,445 square feet.

Price: $59.95

Sale: $56.96

10 Pounds 10 pounds cover approximately 10,890 square feet.

Price: $109.95

Sale: $104.46

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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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American MeadowsFour O'Clock Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB
 
4.1

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (6)
  • Vivid colors (6)
  • Reliable growth (5)
  • Long bloom time (4)
  • Pest resistant (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Containers (5)
    • Border control (4)
    • Large areas (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (7), Casual hobbyist (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy as pie

    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...Read complete review

    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).

    VS

    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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    5.0

    Great Plant!

    By Chuck

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist, Professional Landscaper

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Containers
      • Large Areas

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

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

       
      1.0

      Oddly Disappointing

      By Michele

      from Bethel Springs, TN

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

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

          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 savingsinseconds.com

          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 Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

            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

            By Judith

            from Ontario Canada

            About Me Avid Gardener

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  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

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent choice for hot climates

                  By Rich G

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Containers

                        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

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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

                          Verified Reviewer

                          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

                            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 Seeds Mix - 1/4 LB:

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

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