Buying hibiscus plants for a hedge can be expensive. Those who multiply their hibiscus with cuttings are easy on the wallet.© ClaraNila - Fotolia.com Hibiscus hedges and southern Europe belong together, such as vineyards on the Rhine and Moselle. But the hardy hibus also thrives excellently as a hedge here in Central Europe. However, some plants are already required for this and this can cost money if the hobby gardener takes the young plants from the nursery for this. After all, two plants are needed per meter of hedge.
If you want to spare your wallet, you can use cuttings to grow the necessary plants for the exotic flowering privacy screen. We want to show you how to best tackle this here.
Hibiscus cuttings are best rooted in summer
For your cuttings, cut shoots from your hibiscus in summer. Because during the warm season, from May to July, the cuttings root best. In addition, the hibiscus is in an optimal development phase at this time. We recommend the following steps:
The cuttings from your hibiscus should be about 12 inches long. Therefore choose long, new and healthy shoots. Then cut them diagonally - at an angle of 45 degrees. Make sure that the shoots are strong, soft and green. Be sure to use new shoots from this year. Now remove the lower leaves of your cut cuttings.
Then immerse the cuttings with the interface in rooting hormones (available here) or cover them with rooting powder. It is now up to you to decide how to root your hibiscus cuttings: in compost or in water.
Hibiscus cuttings root in compost
1have you chosen rooting in compost? Then put the cuttings about 4 to 5 centimeters deep in a pot filled with damp compost. Then cover the pot with a plastic bag or a clear plastic bottle upside down, from which you cut off the neck of the bottle. A microclimate develops underneath, which has an excellent effect on the rooting of the cuttings. If you are using a plastic bag, be careful not to touch the seedlings.
Now keep the potted seedlings regularly moist and do not put them directly in the sun. After about a month or two, the cuttings take root.
Hibiscus cuttings root in water
2If you root your cuttings in the water, you can watch the roots develop gradually. First, fill a glass with water to a water level of 5 centimeters. Then put a seedling in it and place the jar in a bright place. However, avoid direct sun. Now put a plastic bag over the glass and spray the cutting with water once a day.
Important is here that each cutting is placed in a separate glass. This will prevent a bacterial strain from developing under the seedlings.
It is advisable to change the water every 2 to 3 days as long as the cuttings are rooted until planting. If possible, use rainwater for this. If not available, you can also use tap water. However, this should stand in a bucket for at least 24 hours so that the chlorine can decompose.
As soon as the new roots are 3 to 5 centimeters long, you can put the seedlings in moist compost. They should not be exposed to direct sunlight for a few months. So the roots can develop optimally.