winter: cuttings or not

hibiscus909(7)October 22, 2013

I have a few brugs that I planted in beds this spring. They were about 2feet tall.
Now they are about 5ft tall and I have to decide how to overwinter them.

First problem is that none of the stems are straight. I guess I should have staked them. So when I pot them up to put back in the garage, they are gonna take up a lot of space. And if I recall right, doesn't the newest green growth die back during cold overwintering? So should I take cuttings from * all* of the green growth, since it will die anyway?

I actually lost a few plants in the garage last year, and it was not a very cold winter for me (perhaps it was lack of water, Or fungi). Seems like the ones that had a mostly new green growth (non hardened) just died all the way back.

So please remind me, give me some tips as to what size cuttings I should take. I am also wondering if I should cut all the way back to where the growth has started to harden?

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printmaster1

Here in North Texas, I usually cut them back to about an 8" tall stump. I use the grey or oldest "wood" cuttings ( 6" or longer) and root them in water. Mine are all in pots and not in the ground. Even though I know of people that over-winter theirs it the ground.
While in winter storage, you 'll need to check the soil moisture and water weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on temps and dryness.
Lonnie

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 7:54AM
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monet_g

"So should I take cuttings from * all* of the green growth, since it will die anyway? ... all the way back to where the growth has started to harden? " I had the same questions. What I found out is that all of the new growth doesn't necessarily die back, particularity if they get the right amount of water. I insert a bamboo skewer into the soil to judge.

Like yours, my plants are still of manageable height. I removed all of their leaves and sprayed them down with "Wilt-Pruf" to prevent/lessen dessication and moved them to the cool and dark basement. They're still blooming down there. ))

Gail

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 9:50AM
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printmaster1

I have tried to water root green cuttings without success.
I hear of others that have done it, but with a lot of special care. I usually trim them up, keep the nice thick old wood and compost the small green cuttings. I did receive a few cuttings from Florida and one is green. I'm going to give it a try.
Lonnie

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 12:45PM
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