I'm tired of waiting for these confederate "rose" seeds (Hibiscus mutabilis) to sprout, so I'm getting some stem cuttings. Have you ever rooted them from cuttings, and if so what was your method of highest success? Water? Perlite? Pumice? Soil? I'd love to get these to root so any tips from your experience would be great. I have a few friends in this area who grow these plants really well, but none of us can get the darn seeds to sprout, grumble grumble, so I'm escalating to stem cuttings. :)
I'm adding a pic I grabbed from the Internet, just for fun.
If you've got tips and tricks, don't be shy. Thanks!
The sender of the stem cuttings said to re-cut them, soak them in water for at least a week and then root them either in soil or in water. I'm going to leave half in water and put half into potting soil (after the recommended week of re-hydrating in water). The sender also said to change the water every single day to keep bacteria down, and since I've heard chlorine can inhibit root formation I'm filling a little water the night before and letting the chlorine evaporate off the water before using it as replacement water. I guess we'll see what we see. Happy propagating!
Here's a pic of the nice stem cuttings in water after a week. They're making tiny white nodules an inch or so up the stem, but I'm not confident they're roots. In any case, they're green and doing SOMETHING so I'm holding out hope. I transferred one cutting into a gel2root cube (jelly like rooting material with rooting hormone embedded in it). Wish them luck, LOL. Take care!
Roots! I see roots! I'm really excited! The stems made small white nodules early on, but now I see a few real, white roots so I'm really excited! I've been filling a jar with tap water and letting it sit out overnight and then replacing the water in the rooting jar every day. It's been like caring for a newborn, LOL, so I'm glad to see some results. Here's a bad pic that gives you the idea. Happy propagating all!
Thanks, Lyn! It IS exciting to see these roots. I've really wanted to try this plant for a long time, but one really doesn't see it for sale here, even though I live in the fifth biggest metro in the USA. And none of us could get seeds to sprout so it's been frustrating. I'm really glad to see these roots. I hope they continue to progress and that I have plant and bloom pics in summer. Thanks again for sharing in my excitement. Take good care, Grant.
Pretty cool Christmas present, Grant! Cheers!
Hah! Thanks, Bob! Keep the posts, pics and comments coming. :)
Thanks for all the updates. I share your delight. I love it when I can get something to root. Glenda. Oregon
Thanks for looking and commenting, Glenda! I appreciate it. I've really, really wanted to give these a try in my garden for a long time, so I'm really excited they've rooted and thrived. I think I'm going to ALWAYS change the rooting water going forward, daily. I potted up the rest of the cuttings into potting soil this last weekend and kept them in shade for a day to help them adjust. Now I'm scooting them back to their sunny spot a few inches a day, just to make sure they don't wilt until they're settled. This was fun! Looking forward to posting pics of blooms this spring and summer. Thanks again!
Dear Grant, I have grown this beautiful shrub/tree and propagated it for others with ease. I am thrilled to see your sucess but admit to feeling a little guilty about my method. You see , All i do is make my cuttings and stick them in roottone and then directly in damp potting medium. I mix my own, but everyone knows a mix they like. I keep em' Damp to then dry, then damp etc. 90% sucess, but when you make 20 cuts and get 15 or more to take root...who cares. Sad to also add, that i lost mine in a bad winter here in Fla. But, there is one on a nearby golfcourse and come spring; I am going to take my pruners golfing!! I realize yours were sent to you, but i think they wouldve rooted after a day or two in wet toweling??? Just thought i'd add my unaskedfor 2 cents. LOL!
Thanks, Mo, since this was my first time with this species, I just wanted to be as careful as possible. Now that I see how eager they are to root, I won't be quite as obsessive going forward, LOL, but you know how it is when you first get something you've admired for so long--you want to give it the best chance possible. I think you're right, they probably WOULD root in a moist towel, heh heh. I'm sure I'll cut-and-stick branches into soil now that I have actual plants. They've made a ton of leaves now and all are settled in and growing in soil. Good luck getting new starts for yours. Happy gardening (and pruning, LOL).