Hibiscus forum: Can these be rooted now?

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Nov 16, 2015 12:41 PM CST
I was out picking up leaves for the compost pile and found these hibiscus cuttings in a pile, Does anyone recognize it? What would I need to do to get these to root? Is this even the time of year to try rooting them?
Thanks for any info!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 16, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Actually I get my best results rooting hibiscus in cooler weather and am always rooting them in Winter since I cut back all of mine before they go into the greenhouse .. the cuttings are 'insurance' of a sort. You'll want to cut off the flowers and any buds you see and keep cutting off the buds as they appear. I also cut large leaves in half and I make my cuttings about 6 inches long and stick them in moist vermiculite with at least one leaf node under the surface. I don't use any rooting hormone. This year I'm trying something different and using cell packs with the vermiculite instead of a communal pot. I test them every few weeks and when they start putting out roots I'll pot them up in their own little pots.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Nov 16, 2015 1:56 PM CST
Thanks, about what temp. should they be kept during the winter?
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 16, 2015 3:11 PM CST
I keep them in the greenhouse which is heated and never gets below 45 degrees.
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Nov 16, 2015 4:55 PM CST
Xeramtheum said:Actually I get my best results rooting hibiscus in cooler weather and am always rooting them in Winter since I cut back all of mine before they go into the greenhouse .. the cuttings are 'insurance' of a sort. You'll want to cut off the flowers and any buds you see and keep cutting off the buds as they appear. I also cut large leaves in half and I make my cuttings about 6 inches long and stick them in moist vermiculite with at least one leaf node under the surface. I don't use any rooting hormone. This year I'm trying something different and using cell packs with the vermiculite instead of a communal pot. I test them every few weeks and when they start putting out roots I'll pot them up in their own little pots.

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Do you keep the cutting cold over the winter like you normally would for hardwood cutting, which usually root in spring? Or do you keep them warm and try to get them to root now?
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 16, 2015 5:15 PM CST
Being in the greenhouse they are subjected to whatever rise and fall of temperatures occur. In the day time, it can get into the 90's.
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