Want to reproduce mystery plant

ordomanSeptember 10, 2010


I recently moved into a new house, and in the yard there is this 4m tall tree with gorgeous bright pink flowers that look like they're made from crepe paper:

I would like to grow another tree like it, but given that I am a complete beginner, I have absolutely no idea what species of plant this is or how it reproduces. Any pointers you could give me would be much appreciated.

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I suggest you take a tip cutting. Apply 0.1% IBA (Rooting hormone) stick in well drained soil & mist. most likly will take 25-60 days to root

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 8:19AM
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Ordoman, that is one beautiful HIBISCUS. As yiorges noted, you can propagate it via tip cuttings. I do this routinely for new plants in my attached greenhouse. Your plant should root quite readily. Make the cutting about 4" or so, strip all but a few leaves at the top and pinch out any nascent flower buds. Make a fresh diagonal cut and perhaps strip about 3/4" of the very outer layer of the cutting (this depends on how soft or how woody the cutting is; if soft, don't bother with this step). Dip in rootone or other hormone, if you have it, put the cutting in a porous mixture of potting soil plus vermiculite, perlite or coarse sand, firm the mix around the cutting, then use a mister, as suggested, or put it under a plastic or glass dome (or, as I do, in a translucent plastic storage box), out of direct sunlight. It will root more readily in warmer temps (70s, 80s). Good luck. Gary

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 9:16PM
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Ordoman - that looks like a gorgeous "rose-of-sharon" (Hibiscus syriacus). I am in the Northwest - These plants root readily here if you just take cuttings about 8-12 inches long in the fall (after leaves have fallen) and shove them in the ground about 1/2 way. Hormone would surely help, but we have a pretty high success rate just sticking them "au natural".

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 3:27PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It's certainly a Hibiscus but I don't think it's the hardy H syriacus. The OP is in Mexico and the plant looks like H. rosa-sinensis to me.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 8:34AM
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