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by Madhulika on March 09, 2005 11:25 AM
I would love to have Hibiscus in a large pot. Can I propagate them with cuttings??

And how should I care for it as I live in the arid middle east and the HOT summers are almost here.

Please help
by mike57 on March 10, 2005 01:37 AM
Hi yes you can grow Hibiscus in a large pot.and yes you can propagate them from cuttings.since you live in a very hot climite you would like to make sure that you keep them moist.water them a lot dont over do it but dont let them dry out.if its in full sun it will do better.but if the leaves start to droop and the plant is still wet u might try a half of days sun.hope this helps.your friend in gardening.mike57

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by Cricket on March 10, 2005 07:52 AM
Hey, Mike57, will you give me tips on propagating hibiscus? My attempts are never successful.
by Sheri&Kiki on March 10, 2005 08:19 AM
Cricket, if you like, I could help you out with hibiscus propagation. I've been growing these things for a long time! They're really very easy, but then I'm in Florida...otherwise, I'll leave it up to mike57 to step in. [wayey]

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by Cricket on March 10, 2005 09:54 AM
Sheri, I need ALL the help I can get! [lala] If you have tips for propagating hibiscus, please share them! [angel]
by mike57 on March 10, 2005 06:24 PM
HI [wayey] Cricket there are two ways i know of.

here is a couple of was to propagate hibiscus
i have done them both ways.just try and see which works better for you.

1. layering limbs. I fill a pot with soil, put it under the perennial hibiscus,nick the outer portion of a limb rub on rooting hormone on the nick lay the limb over the soil in the pot, cover with more soil and put a brick on top to keep it from popping up out of the soil. Water to keep it moist not soked and in a short time abought(4 weeks) check for roots and cut the limb between the new roots and the mother plant this will give you a new hybiscus plant pot it up and you ready to go. I would protect the plant very well the first winter.

2.cut off about an 8" piece of newer growth with some sharp pruners cut it abought 1/2 inch below a set of leaves. take all the leaves off the lower part of the cutting, leave a couple of sets at the top, and stick the bottom in some root hormone and immediately placed into potting soil far enough down to cover at least 2 sets of the leaves you cut off . It's best to take two or three cuttings, in case one or two fail. Keep them moist, out of direct sun until you see new leaf growth. both metheds have worked fine for me.hope this helps good luck your friend in gardening. mike57 [wayey] [flower] [flower] [flower]

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by mike57 on March 10, 2005 06:34 PM
HI [wayey] Sheri&Kiki if you know another way let me know to as i am always trying new things to see what works best.thanks your friend in gardening.mike57 [wayey] [flower] [flower]

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by Sheri&Kiki on March 10, 2005 11:30 PM
Mike57, you got it! The only thing I can add is DO NOT put your cuttings in the sun. A splash of early morning sun won't hurt them, but beyond that, make sure they're in the shade. If hot afternoon sun gets to them, they will fail. Once the cutting develops roots, you can then start giving it the sunlight, but not before. They usually root in about 6-8 weeks.

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by mike57 on March 11, 2005 12:01 AM
Hi Sheri&Kiki [wayey] thanks. I agree with you.may your gardens be blessed this year.your friend in gardening.mike57 [wayey] [flower] [flower]

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by Cricket on March 11, 2005 02:54 AM
Thanks, Mike and Sheri! [angel]

I'll give those methods a try. Placing the cutting in the sun is probably why I failed before. I'll keep you posted.
by mike57 on March 11, 2005 05:30 PM
Your very welcome Cricket [Wink] your friend in gardening.mike57 [wayey]

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by Cricket on March 13, 2005 07:10 AM
Do hibiscus seeds require pre-soaking or scarification?
by Rob_n_HouTx on March 13, 2005 01:38 PM
Hello all,

I live in a fairly hot region, but it is very humid here as well. I have grown hibicus in pots for quite some time. They are such beautiful flowering plants. One of the biggest problems I have had with Hibiscus in pots is that they need so much water. The don't seem to tolerate the fluctuations in moisture that is common in pots, and they tend to drop leaves or even blooms if they aren't watered frequently and deeply.
by weezie13 on March 13, 2005 05:39 PM
Rob_n_HouTx,
Welcome to The Garden Helper's Forum!!!
We are very glad you found us here!!!

There's something out on the market you might try, it's called Polymer Crystals
There's many places you can find it, in Wal~Mart, craft stores, etc.....

here's another one...
Water Gel Crystals

What it does is when mixed into the "BOTTOM LAYERS" of the potting soil in the pot/container, it holds water at the root area for an extra sourse of water...

Weezie

You can even "root plants" into the crystals too!

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by mike57 on March 13, 2005 08:50 PM
HI [wayey] Cricket i just plant my hybiscus seed in potting soil abought 1/4 inch deep and keep them wet till they come up.hope this helps.your friend in gardening.mike57 [wayey]

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