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Saturday, June 27, 2009

How to grow hibiscus from stem cuttings

Posted by archu at 9:22 PM


The first step in starting a new hibiscus from cuttings is to take the cuttings from new growth in the spring or summer months. Use a pair of gardening scissors to gently cut a small piece of the new growth, about the length of a pencil. Leave only 2-3 leaves at the top of the cutting and remove any remaining leaves. Note: It is best to take several cuttings, as the hibiscus starts tend to do better when several are planted together.

Next, cut slits in a couple of the nodes near the bottom of the cutting. The nodes are the small bulges protruding from the stem. The new roots will emerge from the nodes you slit.

Now you will want to dip the nodes in a rooting compound, which can be purchased at your local nursery or gardening center. You may choose to make your own homemade rooting compound.

After you have dipped the nodes into the rooting compound, place the cuttings in a large pot that is filled with a growing medium. Perlite works very well for rooting the hibiscus, but as long as your growing medium is moist and well-drained, it should work nicely. Again, group together several cuttings in the pot for the best rooting growth.

Once you have placed your cuttings in the pot, place the pot in a water-filled tray. Be sure that the water is deep enough to cover the pot's drainage holes. This will allow the cuttings to soak up moisture from the bottom and ensure that the growing medium stays moist. Mist the cuttings often.

Keep the pot in partial sun and in temperatures ranging from 70 to 85 degrees. In about 6-8 weeks, your cuttings should root. Allow the rooted cuttings to become strong and established before transplanting them.

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