Q: How do I take cuttings from a Confederate rose, Hibiscus mutabilis, to root? When is best time?
A: I do it in fall so I can give away rooted cuttings in spring but the plant doesn’t much care about timing. Once the stem has hardened (turned from bright green to gray/brown) it is ready to make new roots. If your plant stems are six feet tall, you can usually make several eight inch long cuttings from the hardened part. Include at least one leaf at the top of each cutting. Immerse the lower half of each one in water. A small bucket or large vase works well for this. Situate the cuttings in bright shade and they’ll have roots in four weeks.