Just a quick post about the progress of my patch of ambrette seed plants. Known as Abelmoschas moschata or (Syn. Hibiscus abelmoschus L.), is prized for food, drink, industrial and medicinal uses, but I prize it for the musk-scented seeds, which are valuable in perfumery. The seeds have a floral, musky scent, and can substitute, in their own way, not identically to, the scent of the musk deer grains. They’re a true cruelty-free way to add a musky scent to a perfume.
There are dozens of flower buds on my 15 plants, but there was only the one flower yesterday and today, the first of the patch. I didn’t notice the blurry nature of the first photo until I went inside and uploaded it to my computer, so out I went again, this time to get a clear, sharp photo. I think my mouth dropped open when I saw the color change. This is going to be a fun, rewarding project, and I’ll bet it’ll be full of surprises like this color change, too.
I got the seeds started late, and I think in India, they’re harvesting the seeds now. I can’t wait to document the development of the pods, and the harvesting of the seeds. I plan on a much bigger ambrette patch next year.
I’m using only organic fertilizer, as the plant flourishes with it (as do most!) Here’s some more information on the plant, and it may be helpful if you decide to grow some. https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/CropFactSheets/muskdana.html