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Article: Hardy Hibiscus--Hardier Than You Think: Propagating???

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9389101

Lee Ann--

I have a Kopper King Hibiscus--also very hardy! Have had it for maybe 8 years.
This Hardy Hibiscus does not make seeds--must be a hybrid.
I would love to propagate it--but my couple attempts have been in vain.

You say that it can be done from new shoots. Do you cut them off and root them in water (or soil)
or do you dig them away from the base trying to get some root from it?

I have tried the digging up--so far, no luck.
Does anyone else have the Kopper King and have you had any luck propagating it? How?

Thanks, Gita
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 9, 2013
7:40 PM

Post #9413659

I have had the best luck by snipping a new shoot, removing the bottom leaves and rooting in damp sand in the shade. Good luck!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2013
3:41 AM

Post #9413861

Threegardeners,

Do you mean snipping off the tip of a new, growing shoot, or snipping it off near the base
as they are emerging? Somewhere in between?

I grow Brugs--and have found that the soft, new growth tip cuttings seldom make it.
All the woodier cuttings root in the blink of an eye.

Gita
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 13, 2013
10:11 AM

Post #9417780

I use the growing tip of a "branch" that has already reached it's max height.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2013
10:12 AM

Post #9417782

Well--I will certainly give it a try.
Thanks...Gita

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2013
10:19 AM

Post #9417789

Some more questions---
How long a cutting do you take and how deep do you sink the stem in the sand?
Like--how much is left above the sand? Just the tip, with a few small leaves on it,
or more. How long does it take before it roots--and when do you, actually, plant it in the ground?
Do you put some kind of dome over it? Like a big plastic cup?

Thanks again. Gita
threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 14, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9419253

:)

I take cutting about 5 or 6 inches. I remove all leaves except for the very tip shoots. I sink the cutting into the soil so at least a couple of leaf nodes (where you removed the leaves) are under ground,leaving maybe 3 or 4 inches above ground. Sometimes it takes most of the summer to root. I bury the entire pot in the garden over winter. Plant in the garden the next summer.

Hope this helps!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9419294

Wow! That seems very basic and simple...

What zone are you in? I am Z-7a. We don't always have a 'real" winter--as the weather keeps hopping
around between seriously cold--freezing--and then up to the 50's or more a couple days later.
Last year--we never had a winter...

I will try your method. Do you use plastic pots or clay pots? Any particular exposure while rooting?
You said shade. Like--total shade? bright shade? East--West--South?
Do you ever have to water the sand again if it dries out? Does it ever dry out?

I know! A lot of questions...but that is how I learn.
Thank you again. Gita

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threegardeners
North Augusta, ON

February 14, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9419322

No problem. I'm in zone 5a...seriously cold...we're famous for being colder than Siberia. Last week was in the -25F mark.
I use plastic pots. Moisten the sand when it dries out. Shade, as in bright light. You know they're rooted when they start to grow new leaves.
I remove all leaves except for the very tip sso the cutting will focus on growing roots instead of supporting those lower leaves.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9419329


Last spring, I dug away a very low, new shoot coming out from the base of the plant.
It came with a length of root attached.
I potted it up in a trade gallon pot--winding the root around to fit.
I am hoping it will grow...won't know until end of May here. I don't even know where the pot is right now...
Maybe under my picnic table?

OK! Now I will leave you alone... thanks again. Gita

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