Rooting Confederate Rose Cuttings

Rome, GA(Zone 7b)

What is the best way to root Confederate Rose cuttings?
I've never tried rooting these but I would like to.

Chattanooga, TN(Zone 7b)

they are easy to root!

cut them into approximately foot long sections and put them in a bucket with 2 to 3 inches of water. time to root depends on ambient temperature, the warmer the environment, the faster they will root. i keep mine in a cool (45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) environment and they take about 12 weeks or so to root. this works well for me as i put them in now and then take them out rooted in march.

you can alternatively place them in a pot with damp mix and place them in an area that will not freeze or get below 35 through the winter, water very sparingly. expect new growth by april.

Prattville, AL(Zone 8a)

In central Alabama, you can simply stick them in well prepared soil (maybe where you want them to be), keep the area moist (not soaked continuously), and you will receive new Hibiscus. As previously posted, they are easily rooted.
Good gardening.

Rome, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks, I've got some in water now in the garage. It may get to cold out there so I guess that I had better bring them inside.
Do they need to be in front of a window for the sunlight or does it matter?
I was thinking that I might take them to an upstairs bedroom that we don't use to store them for the winter. I keep the vents closed in that room so it stays a little cool during the winter months.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

Ok you guys, clue me in. I am in Washington State. A couple of years ago I got some seed for Confederate Rose but haven't planted it. Is it a rose, or a hibiscus? If a hibiscus, why do they call it a rose?
Actually, every time I see the term "Confederate Rose" my ears perk up. But, it is used to describe a lot of different plants???

I guess the reason I haven't planted it is because I am not sure if it would winter up here. zone 5.


Chattanooga, TN(Zone 7b)


it's not a rose. it's a hibiscus. the form that changes colors is hibiscus mutabilis.

there's a lovely write-up in the book 'passalong plants' by steve bender and felder rushing. page 115 in my edition.

Pawleys Island, SC

Jeanette, Floridata lists it as hardy in zones 7-9, but if you started with a year old plant,. or grew it from cuttings you could still have blooms. I have some growing now that are a year old. I can send you one if you would like. Here they get really tall, but if you kept it potted, you could control it's height. Here's a picture of the flower I took this week, if you are interested, dmail me. Linda

Ps. Alot of the start out white and fade to red, but mine starts out pink and fades to red.

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Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

Yeah, they get really big in the South, and fast too. Bloom in, what, September, October?

We used to cut them back to about a foot above the ground every year to keep them in control, after it gets cold enough for the foliage to die. They are extremely easy to root, a bucket of water and a little patience all that is needed.

ex-North Carolinian here.... ;-)

Rome, GA(Zone 7b)

Yes, they start blooming here in October. We have one that is still blooming now.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

That is beautiful!! Jeanette

Lake Jackson, TX

hi every one ..has any one ever seen a red confederate rose? red all the time ..I have a white one .that turns pink in the evening..then the next day as it dies turns red ..Then I had a pink one that stayed pink all the time...but had two people tell me about a red one ...would love to see a picture of one..or better yet get one (smile) Gingerose

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

ibartoo/Linda, that is one beautiful flower! I'm hooked now! I'll have to put this on my wish list or make a trade list. Do you know the name of that one by any chance?

Happy Gardening to All,

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

Shoe, if mine grows good and gives me a baby I will be sure to send it to you. Might be a short time. LOL, but you will be sure to get one.


Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Great! Thanks a gazillion, Jeanette! I'd be happy to send you something in return, just name it. (Or I could surprise you w/something.)

That sure is a pretty one, isn't it? I'm sure you'll enjoy it!


Pawleys Island, SC

Horseshoe, I know that it is hibiscus mutabilis. I have some more if you would like one. They are in 4" pots and have kind of grown into the ground. I can send you one for postage if you like,. Just send me a dmail.

Gingerrose, I haven't ever seen the red one. I have seen the white that turns pink, mine actually starts pink and turns red. I love them all.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

Boy Shoe, you can't go wrong with an offer like that!! Let me know what you do so I won't take a baby away from it's mama. LOL, Jeanette

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Howdy, Jnette, I just replied to a Dmail from Linda, accepting!
Now you can just enjoy yours (and I'll enjoy mine, too!).

I hope ya'll are steering me to a new plant addiction; I see where we could all start collecting the various colors and types!

Happy Sunday to all!

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

Enjoy it Shoe, and let me know how it grows. Jeanette

Jonesboro, GA(Zone 7b)

When they get to be about 3-4 ft tall each season, you can prune them back about a foot for a bushier plant and more blooms. This way they don't get so tall. I have seen them used as a hedge, really pretty.

Kaysville, UT(Zone 5a)

I took some Confederate Rose cuttings from my parents home in Texas a month ago and brought them home with me to Utah. The leaves all fell off so I put them in a cup of water with some cut willow branches. One of them has developed a bunch of roots. I am hopeful that the others will too in time. I also put a few of them in my bubbler system and one of them is putting on new leaves, but I only see nubs on the base of the stem so far which is a good sign.

My parents have promised to send some seed this year which I will also try. Unfortunately, they probably won't live through the winter here, but I will see. They are beautiful even if I have to bring them in for the winter.

Northeast, WA(Zone 5a)

I have some seeds I think I will try them this spring.


Jonesboro, GA(Zone 7b)

Seeds are probably fine, but I would imagine it will take several years to get a flower???

Kaysville, UT(Zone 5a)

I remembered I took a picture that shows all three stages of the flower. I fell in love with it immediately!

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Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Azalea (Howdy, Ma'am!)...a quick slightly off-topic question for ya, please?

I see seedpods of crape myrtle here and there on trees around town. Any idea how long it would take to get a flowering shrub/tree from seeds?

Thanks! And hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Friend Shoe

Jonesboro, GA(Zone 7b)

Hi there Shoe! haven't seen ya around for awhile! T Day was great with all the kids, I trust your's was too.
Found these instructions on another site:

After the crepe myrtle blooms berries about the size of peas will develop in clusters. Wait until they turn brown and you should find the seeds (brownish or black)inside the berries abouit 4-6 seeds per berrie. Press these seeds into moist but not soggy potting soil in a regular pot and cover them lightly with soil. Place a thin layer of milled sphagnum moss to keep down damping off disease. Place the pot inside aplastic baggie and seal it and keep the temperature around 75 degrees F. Germination occurs in about 2 weeks or less. When the seedlings germinate take the pot out of the bag and keep it under a 40 watt flourescent shop light about 8 inches above. When the seedlings have their second set of true leaves they can be gently pricked out of the pot and potted up separately. Acclimate them outdoors in a safe place free from direct sunlight, wind, rain and extremes in temps for about 10 days and then you may plant them in direct sunlight.
If you wish to use cuttings take green softwood cuttings about 8 inches long that have no flowers on them. Make the cuttings where the green twig meets the main branch. Use a sharp knife not scissors. Strip all of the leaves off of the cuttings except the last two or three. Dip the cut end into some rooting hormone which can be purchased at a good nursery. Stick the cutting into a pot with wet sand or moist soil less potting mix about an inch deep and seal inside a plastic bag. Rooting will take place in 4-8 weeks and you can check by gently probing around the cutting with a pencil. When there is a good root system pot up separately. I hope this helps.
I don't see anywhere that tells how soon you would get blooms tho - They do grow pretty fast so maybe only3-4 years??

This message was edited Dec 2, 2008 8:14 PM

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Thanks! (Sorry, didn't mean for you to go look it up for me, but I like what you found! Ya done gooood!.)

I'll see what I can do with these then. I normally prefer to do cuttings as they are very easy to do, with many different plants, and the results are faster. Crape myrtles are a favorite tree of mine so hope to add them to my repetoire!

Glad to hear you had a good T-giving, with family joining you. It's nice, eh?

Take great care. Hello to that Barbershop Singer of yours!


Jonesboro, GA(Zone 7b)

LOL- Ok Shoe - He will be in tonight about Midnight- gone to his weekly practice in Stone Mt.

Johns Island, SC

I've had 90% Hibiscus mutabilis cuttings made in late summer bloom the following fall, Shoe. I've gotten blooms on these things consistently the second year from seed (harvested in fall, started in the GH early winter, planted out late spring, they bloom the following year). They aren't what I'd call "prolific bloomers" until their 2nd year of bloom, though. After that, it's "Katie, bar the door" (depending on pruning practices). Fun plant!

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

"After that, it's "Katie, bar the door" "

Hah! Great description, StonoR!

I'll remember what you said..


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