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Starting a Hibiscus from a Cutting

By Ellen Brown

Q: Is there a way to start a hibiscus from a cutting?

A: Annette,

Cuttings are the method most commonly used by nurseries to propagate hibiscus. Some varieties tend to root more readily than others, so you might have to experiment to see what works best for yours. Here are some general guidelines:

Take cuttings from new growth in the spring or summer. The cuttings should be trimmed to about the length of a pencil, leaving 2-3 leaves at the top. Cut slits in one or two of the nodes (eyes) near the bottom of the cutting (this is where the roots will emerge). Dip the nodes in a rooting hormone and place the cuttings in a large pot filled with a moist, but well-drained, growing medium like perlite. Place several cuttings in the pot, as they tend to do better when grouped together.


Hibiscus cuttings prefer bottom heat and a humid environment. A water-filled tray placed under the pot is a good way to ensure that the growing medium stays moist. Just make sure the water covers the pot's drainage holes so it can wick up the moisture as necessary. Mist cuttings often and keep them in partial sun at temperatures of 70°F to 85°F. Cutting should root in 6-8 weeks.

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Starting a Hibiscus from a Cutting

I have started new plants, shrubs, etc. by just taking one of the branches and laying in the soil next to the mother plant, and by spring it should be ready to cut off and transplant. It should work I would think, I have a large rose of Sharon that I buried a couple of branches in the soil next to the"mama" without cutting them off, I know that by the next growing season, they should be ready to cut loose and transplant somewhere else. Give it a try, you have nothing to loose as long as it is not cut off from the mother plant. (09/22/2005)


By Rosa

Starting a Hibiscus from a Cutting

I've never tried to, but you might try a cutting that is strong looking & then use rooting powder. Just follow instructions on bottle. (09/23/2005)

By darrellg


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