Starting a Hibiscus from a Cutting

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Hibiscus plants are relatively easy to start from cuttings, if you follow a few simple steps. This is a page about starting a hibiscus from a cutting.


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February 28, 2008


Does anyone out there know how to or if it is even possible to root a hibiscus from a large hibiscus that I have?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Barbara from Philadelphia, PA



Not only is it possible, but some varieties actually root quite easily.

  • Start with woody cuttings that are about the size of a pencil in both length and diameter.
  • Remove all but one or two of the leaves at the top - these leaves will help with the transpiration process as the roots develop.
  • At the bottom of the cutting either scrape away some of the bark or simply make a small slanted cut through a leaf node (eye). This will make it easier for developing roots to emerge.
  • When taking your cutting from the mother plant, it is a good idea to cut it at an angle above a leaf node that is facing out so that when new growth resumes, it does so in an outwardly direction.

  • Hibiscus cuttings seem to root better when crowded together in a pot, so I encourage you to find a gallon - sized pot and try rooting several at one time. This will also increase your chances for success.
  • Use a lightweight mixture of moist perlite and sand as your medium.
  • Before inserting your cuttings into the pot, use a pencil to pre - drill" holes. Then dip the bottom of each cutting in some rooting hormone and insert them into the holes.
  • Optimum temperatures for rooting are 60 - 70ºF. Hibiscus like a high degree of humidity so either mist the cuttings regularly or cover the pots with plastic bags. Just be sure not to bake them in the sun.
  • Keep the pot of cuttings moist and in partial/filtered sun for about 6 - 8 weeks.
  • Once the roots have developed, remove the cuttings carefully and repot in single pots.

Good luck!


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December 5, 2019

I have planted some cuttings of hibiscus in small pot planters at home, but they don't seem to be growing instead they are dying. I water the potted plants regularly, the soil is well drained, but not fertilised. What is the problem here? Is it my soil not being fertilised? If so, what fertiliser is best to be used for newly planted hibiscus flower cuttings in pots?


December 5, 20190 found this helpful

Use Miracle Gro potting soil for new plants

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December 5, 20190 found this helpful

Miracle-Gro -water soluble Bloom Booster flower food is great for this!

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December 5, 20190 found this helpful

Are you cutting them at the node to root? It's been a while since I have done this, but that was always the trick.


I rarely used fertilizer. The few times I did, I used fish emulsion.

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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

The best fertilizer for any plants is the one you make yourself out of all your old cutting when you cook. Add your potato skins, carrot skins, tomatoes, lettuce or whatever fruits you have to a blender. Add a bit of water and mix up. Now pour this on your plants. This is so healthy for the soil and also your plants. I use this all the time and my plants grow so good.

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April 28, 2019

How do you get a cutting from a hibiscus limb to root? What are the best ways?


April 28, 20190 found this helpful


The best way to root a hibiscus plant is to take a cutting in the middle of the summer, but not late in the summer, when the branches are too hard to cut.


The cutting should be cut with a diagonal cut, since this helps the cutting to grow.

Do not use dirty pruning shears.

All leaves but the top two or three should be taken off of the cutting.

Dip the stem in honey and place in about 3 inches of water, that has one drop of peroxide in it. Change the water about once a week, and make sure the one drop of peroxide is added. These cuttings won't root in softened water. So if you have softened water, buy water in bottles to root the cutting in.

In 4 weeks there should be roots, beginning to grow, on the cutting. Don't try to transplant them while the roots are still white in color. Wait until they turn tan to plant them.

When you plant them in the ground, put some peat moss and sand, mixed together, into the dirt they are going to be planted in.

Here is a link that tells a lot of good information on propagating this type of plant:


Have a blessed day!


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April 29, 20190 found this helpful

I would dip it in rooting hormone and then plant it.

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August 25, 2009

How do I get new start hibiscus plants from current plant that comes back every year?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

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Many years ago (more than I care to remember), I tried to root stem cuttings of Hibiscus Moscheutos. Every stem died. I blamed it on the stems being so young and tender. I gave up on the project, figuring it couldn't be done.

Recently, I read several ThriftyFun accounts of people rooting Hibiscus Moscheutos stem cuttings. I said to myself, 'Surely all these people can't be wrong'. So, I gave it another try. I covered the cuttings with a clear plastic dome to keep a high humidity level. I'm not so sure I did this, years ago.

Anyway, I have successfully rooted four Hibiscus Moscheutos Luna Pink Swirl. A first for me. Rejoice with me, Y'all!

And thanks to ThriftyFun for keeping this and lots of other important information, flowing!

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



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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