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How to Root a Confederate Rose

By Debra L Turner ; Updated September 21, 2017
Start your own confederate rose shrubs with cuttings.
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The confederate rose is a member of the mallow family and a longtime favorite variety of hibiscus. The handsome Hibiscus mutabilis is also referred to as cotton rose or Texas star hibiscus. Eye-catching bloom displays begin in late summer and continue well into the fall as long as early frost doesn’t hit. Propagating confederate rose is so simple that even the greenest novice will beam with pride when setting out the new plant. Cuttings taken in early spring are the most likely to succeed, although this method of propagation may work well for you anytime during the growing season.

Select an attractive, mature confederate rose that you like to take your cuttings from in early spring when new growth has begun. Choose carefully because your cutting is a clone and will grow into an exact replica of the parent plant.

Use a clean, sharp knife to cut 12 to 15 inches from the tip of an actively growing stem of the hibiscus. Strip all of the foliage and buds from the cutting except for the top set of 2 leaves.

Fill a quart jar with water. Stand the cutting up in the jar and set it on a warm, sunny windowsill.

Refill the jar to the original level as water evaporates.

Plant the cutting in a 6-inch pot with a quality all-purpose potting soil when roots are about 2 inches long. Water well enough to keep the soil surface evenly moist. Keep it on the sunny windowsill.

Plant the confederate rose outdoors in a lightly shaded spot in April after all danger of frost has passed for your area.


Things You Will Need

  • Clean, sharp knife
  • Quart jar
  • 6-inch pot
  • All-purpose potting soil

About the Author


A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. He also covers parenting, juvenile science experiments, cooking and alternative/home remedies. Amistaadt has written book reviews for Work At Home Truth.