Luscious colors, big blousy blooms and lots of them on a shrub with glossy green foliage—hibiscus has it all. Hundreds of flower-color choices and even some plants with variegated foliage make hibiscus a great choice.


I am not going to discuss the ins-and-outs of growing hibiscus here. Rooting hibiscus is what we’re all about this time, and according to Winn Soldani of Fancy Hibiscus (fancyhibiscus.com) it is easy to root these woody shrubs. Here are some of the finer points of rooting hibiscus, from Soldani himself:
• Select healthy small branches or hefty “twigs” for rooting.

• The cutting should include that “warty” looking lump that grows where the twig grows from the trunk or limb.

• Trim away all but a few leaves to allow the cutting to use its energy to produce roots, rather than keep up a lot of leaves.

• Root cuttings in water, and be sure to change out the water every two days. Soldani emphasizes this point in particular that the water should not allowed be to become “foul.”

• Place cuttings in water in full sun. That’s right. Soldani says because hibiscus loves full sun, it is important that the cuttings not be “stressed” by placing them in shade or partial sun for the rooting process.

• Because hibiscus craves lots of nutrients, it would be a good idea to provide a weakened water-soluble fertilizer solution to the water in which cuttings are placed.

• In a few weeks the twigs should start sending out roots, and then can be potted up. Because hibiscus prefers tight quarters in potted situations, use the smallest pots possible, and provide good drainage.

• Once the little plants begin to put on leaves, it is time to begin a regular fertilization schedule.

Water, sun and fertilizer, that’s what hibiscus wants all the time. Give it that, and you’ll both be happy.

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