Cuttings are used to grow both hardy and tropical hibiscus. Because a cutting will grow to be an identical clone of the parent plant, hibiscus cuttings are usually the favoured method of propagation. Cuttings of hibiscus should be 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long.
I was pretty successful with rooting some double rose of Sharon cuttings last year and I believe they're closely related. I used rooting hormone and kept them inside a vented plastic tote in a shady area outside. They are growing nicely and will probably plant them in a permanent location soon.
So I have a question about rooting hormone... is this considered organic? We want to do some lavender cuttings, we also tried rosemary, rooting hormone worked really well for the lavender, but as we want to grow it organically we're thinking we need to not use the rooting hormone... what are people's thoughts on this?
Just bought a bunch of grow bags for potatoes and other plants. Thinking that grow bags may dry out too quickly for cuttings, but could be wrong. You need to keep an eye on them and water more frequently.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 24 little gardeners.
Wiki, you can make your own rooting hormone using willow cuttings. Pour boiling water over willow cutting pieces in a jar and let it steep for min 48 hrs. You can then start your cuttings in the solution or root sections in the liquid itself. i started hydrangea cuttings that way to make a hedge at my daughters.
Post by breezygardener on May 9, 2022 16:46:09 GMT -5
I tossed a "Red Dragon" double-flowering tropical hibiscus cutting into a regular glass of water - no other treatment - last Fall. Today it has a cluster of 3"-long roots & new leaves sprouting & I'll be potting it up shortly. I honestly just put it into the water because I hate not giving plants a chance - I never really expected it to root because the cutting was so woody - lol! Since I'll be pruning back the standard plant/tree it came from in another week or so, will be starting quite a few more cuttings the same way.
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Breezy...there is much quicker success w young shoots but your absolutely right. Right conditions, shaded area, shielded from the wind and I think most young shoots will root over time. No matter the variety.