The Q&A Archives: how do you root a stem from a hibiscus

Question: my aunt wants a cutting from my hibiscus, but i don't know how to do it or where to cut on my bush and how to root it.

Answer: It's easy to root hibiscus cuttings. Take a one-gallon pot, fill it with perlite or sand and wet it thoroughly. Make your cuttings from the tips of new growth, about the length of a pencil and cut off all but one or two leaves at the top; cut through an a leaf node on a slant; dip this end in Rootone; poke a hole in the potting medium with a pencil so as not to wipe off the hormone and stick in the cuttings. You can put many cuttings in one pot as they tend to root better with company. Keep the cuttings moist and in partial sun. They should root in about 6 - 8 weeks with temperatures in the roughly 70-85? F range. (Some varieties will root without using rooting hormones.) Good luck with your project.

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