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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Sep 11, 2015 10:12 PM CST
i started to root 4 cuttings of hibiscus a month ago.....they look nice and healthy......with new leaves......in order not to reach crowdiness in the plant pot i wanted to transfer them into a bigger container......to my surprise they had no roots......they just had dark ends .....so i transplanted them......but i think i need to go back to the early stages of keeping them in artificial humidity and maybe give them some more rooting powder?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 12, 2015 9:32 AM CST
I have a Hibiscus cutting that has been in a cup of water for months. It kept making leaves and looking fine but only in the last few weeks am I seeing roots coming from the stem. I think it's now ready for a pot and some soil.

Of course I don't have to make artificial humidity for it here in summer. It's a huge greenhouse outdoors these days. So yes, I'd advise you do keep it humid around those cuttings, spray them and keep them moist. They will root when they are ready.

By the way, I did have some Coleus cuttings in that cup with the Hibiscus, and I think that helped with the root formation. Someone told me Coleus produce their own rooting hormone, and that's the reason they root themselves so easily.
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Elaine

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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Sep 12, 2015 10:03 PM CST
thanks for your advice...are these plants more vulnerable in the winter.....because they are new comers?should i bring them inside home to protect them from the cold although i picked them from outside in jerusalem? nice pictures
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 13, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Yes, any small plant in a pot is more vulnerable to cold, David. Big established plants in the ground have a lot of insulation around their roots so even if there is a hard freeze and the whole top growth dies back, the plant will jump back up from the roots in spring.

Not so with your new plants from cuttings. Very little if any root system, and not much insulation in the pot and soil.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
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davidsevit
Sep 14, 2015 10:14 PM CST
thanks for your reply i like my intuition beeing reasured.i have some other small new comers with very small rooting system...i will deel with them all the same way....

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