rooting althea cuttings

tabarhodes(5, NM)May 19, 2007


My neighbor is getting her yard landscaped and she has a red heart althea that she was getting rid of and said that i was welcome to come dig it up.... Since that would be impossible for me to do (im pretty sure lol) I figured that maybe a few cuttings would suffice.

It's just starting to put it's leaves on so i figured now would be a good time. How exactly should I go about it?

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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Well, I checked your page, and you didn't share where you are, or even what zone you are in. Most who post here are not in zone 9, as I am, and things do vary according to weather conditions/climate.

In zone 9, we cut them to semi-ripe wood, dress the cutting, dip in powdered hormone, and stick in a hole in some medium in a pot. Pull the soil up around the cutting and water it. Set it in the shade, don't let it dry out. Seems like I usually have roots in about a month. Altheas are among the easiest things to root. Do this in warm weather, tho!


    Bookmark   May 20, 2007 at 11:07AM
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tabarhodes(5, NM)

Thanks Janie.
I forgot to put my zone! I am sorry. I am in zone 6.
This may sound silly, but what do you mean by "dress the cutting"?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2007 at 7:37PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Sorry. When you dress a cutting, you clean it up. Remove all leaves, except for the top two or maybe three. If it is a real big leaf, I like to cut them in half. Make sure you have a good cut on the bottom.

Same old stuff, just a different name.


    Bookmark   May 20, 2007 at 10:15PM
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my neighbor and I noticed althea bushes growing in some of our flower pots and flower beds and couldn't figure what was going on. come to find out her husband had snipped off small branches from her bigger bushes and just stuck them in our flower beds and flower pots, he finally confessed so they must be very easy to start, just stick it in the ground, that is what I do with hydrangeas. break off a stem(hardwood) remove all the leaves and stick it in shaded flower beds. I stick it in about 6 inches or deeper at an angle. very easy to start. keep moist

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 12:26AM
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I successfuly rooted several cuttings from my althea tree last Spring. They are in my new garden. The problem is they have grown quite high, and are spindly. Can I cut them back before next Spring and if so, how much should I cut off?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 10:59AM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

If it is real hot where you are now, just cut a bit- maybe a third. Then when it cools off, you can cut a bit more. I usually cut them way back in early spring, after danger of frost.

My friend brought me a cutting from a little baby pink, double ruffled althea. It looks almost like a carnation, and is so pretty when it is all in bloom. I stuck it in a vase of water with a coleus I had rooting, to keep it from drying out before I could stick it. Well, I forgot it, and 3 weeks later, I found it- with roots over 1 inch long! LOL It is happy in a pot now. I am happy too.

Good luck.


    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 5:22PM
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this is a little off topic,but in zone9,when can i move a double althea 31/2 years old to another area of my yard? that is if this new hurricane don't take this one,rita got one when she came thru 3 years ago today.thanks

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 9:08PM
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I just received a clipping from a double althea this week. The clipping includes a portion of a 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter branch along with a thinner branch with leaves. Do I need to use the hormone, or could I root the plant without it? Should I remove the larger portion, or would it be okay to root it, too? Is it true that they like morning light, or should it be more light?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2008 at 7:04PM
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