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Hibiscus cannabinus

Brown Indianhemp, Kenaf

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  • Hibiscus cannabinus

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Hibiscus cannabinus, also known as Kenaf, is a plant in the Malvaceae family native to southern Asia, though its exact origin is unknown. The fibre obtained from this plant is an allied fibre of jute and shows similar characteristics. Kenaf is cultivated for its fibre in various countries, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and parts of Africa. The plant produces a coarser fibre in the outer layer (bast fibre) and a finer fibre in the core. The uses of Kenaf fibre are diverse, including insulation, clothing-grade cloth, soil-less potting mixes, animal bedding, packing material, and material that absorbs oil and liquids. Kenaf has also been used in making plastic composites, drilling fluid loss-preventive for oil drilling muds, and seeded hydromulch for erosion control. Due to its sustainability, it is now being used in automobile bodies by companies like Ford and BMW. Additionally, Kenaf seeds yield an edible vegetable oil that contains a high percentage of linoleic acid and Omega-6 fatty acids. Kenaf is also a promising source for tree-free paper production, with raw plant bast and core fibre produced in a single growing season exceeding the usable fibre produced by Southern pine forest in the US.

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