The Q&A Archives: Starting new shrub from establised hibiscus

Question: My daughter has hibiscus that are 8-10' tall; she is moving and would like to take some with her. Is there a way to take a part or piece of it and start a new one?
Thanks so much
Terri Bailey

Answer: If digging the entire plant is not in her plans, your daughter can take stem cuttings and root them in moistened potting soil. Take a 4-6" stem with a healthy growing tip - preferably one that has not flowered - strip the lower leaves but leave the top leaves attached. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and set it in a container of moistened potting soil so that one or two leaf nodes (leaf scars) are in the soil. You can set several cuttings in a single container. Keep the potting soil moist and the cuttings should root in 4-6 weeks. Good luck with the project!

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