When the vigorous growing season starts to slow down and our attention turns to bringing our outdoor plants inside, it’s a perfect time to propagate.
Our hibiscus grower, Kory shows the difference between a soft growth cutting and a more mature or woody growth cutting.
He first sterilizes his pruning shears with isopropyl alcohol.
Then, he takes soft growth cuttings and woody growth cuttings.
Although, he uses both, his success rate is better with the woody growth cuttings. However, if the soft growth cuttings root, they are just as vigorous.
Next, he dips his cuttings in a rooting hormone or root gel.
Once the cutting is dipped into the rooting hormone, then it is put into the oasis tray.
Cutting off some of the foliage helps reduce the stress on the new plant trying to form but also leaving some of the leave allows just enough chlorophyll to support the new growth.
Kory has a full tray of hibiscus cuttings and about 90 percent of the cuttings will form roots and grow into viable plants.
SUCCESS! Measured by the amount of white healthy roots.
This new plant will be upsized into a 2.5 inch pot and will leaf out in about 3-4 weeks.
We propagate over 1000 varieties of plants at Logee’s. Here is another popular category. Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Empress of Russia’) pictured here has many cuttings waiting to be harvested.
Our geranium grower, Roger takes cutting at the end of our growing season to produce more plants.
For the home gardener, if you are limited on indoor growing space, we recommend taking cuttings as a great way to down size your plant and winter it over as a small plant.
Whether doing a 72 plug tray or one single pot, remember to water the soil medium before sticking the cutting.
Again, we dip the cutting end into a rooting hormone to assist the process of propagation and then stick it in its growing tray.
After several weeks, roots will appear and you can upsize the plug into a 2.5 inch pot.