How to grow hibiscus plant from cuttings in small pots?

Hibiscus is a flowering plant and it’s mostly grown in every place of the whole world because of its multiple varieties which are more than a hundred and have abilities to grow up in different climates. It belongs to the Malvaceae family and hibiscus can be easily grown in your home garden in small pots.

Best growing time

For better growth and good results of the hibiscus plant, a proper time period is required. Although, it can be grown easily in monsoon days or at the start of February. Different hibiscus varieties have many other growing abilities but the most commonly used varieties should be grown in monsoon or at the start of February.

How to get cuttings?

Hibiscus cuttings can be taken from a healthy hibiscus plant according to your varieties. Always take a long cutting of a new grown branch because it contains a lot of nutrition abilities to produce roots and grow up fastly.

hibiscus big cuttings

Spread the cuttings into different small parts of size about 8-10cm and always cut down cutting with an angle of 45 degrees so it will allow to produce roots fastly.

Cuttings preparations

Remove every branch and leave from cutting and make it clean. Make sure that the part which you have cut down from big cuttings must have about two nodes at the base so it will allow multiple places for germination of roots.

Soil mixture and pot selection

During initial planting, a medium-size or a big pot can be chosen and it depends on cuttings. A small pot is enough to grow a maximum of three cuttings in it. The selected pot must have a drainage hole over it and cover this hole with the help of paper or stone. Now your pot is ready to grow hibiscus cuttings in it.

A perfect soil mixture to grow hibiscus cuttings is 20% organic compost, 20% river sand and the remaining 60% cocopeat to maintain a good moisture level.

soil mixture

Initial Planting process

Root hormone can also be used to protect the plant from different infections but it can be grown without any use of a rooting hormone. Before planting hibiscus, like rose always removes a little upper layer from its base to allow an easy medium for roots germination.

Now plant the cuttings perfectly in pots with a size of about 2-3cm between every cutting.

planting hibiscus

Make sure to add a minimum of two cutting noods in the soil and after finishing this process water the soil very well, so it will maintain a good moisture level and at this stage, the process will begin.

irrigation of hibiscus


During the initial stages shady area is required for better germination of hibiscus roots and with proper care of cuttings, germination will start within 5-7 days.

cuttings germination

After completing the transplanting process, when the plant will start producing new leaves and small flowers over it then it will be required almost 3 hours of sunlight otherwise shady area is must.

Final transplanting

After a minimum of 25 days cuttings will grow up many roots and multiple leaves will be grown over them. Smoothy takes all the plants easily from the pot.

pot out hibiscus

wash the plant roots very well to remove the soil from them. You will also know that how many roots are produced in your plant. Few cuttings may be having a lot of roots but many of them will be having some or few cuttings, and there is no need to worried about them because your plant is green and they are all the filling whole requirements of the plant.

washed cuttings

Pot selection

A normal size pot of length about 8cm is good for the hibiscus plants but for better growth, you can grow it in a big pot also. It depends on your care but a big pot of size about 30 cm is enough to grow two plants and plants will grow up freely in an easy medium. Make sure that your selected pot have a drainage hole at its bottom for easy removal of extra water.

Soil mixture

final hibiscus soil mixture

The same soil mixture can also be used at this stage but instead of cocopeat, you can go for more organic compost and use about 40% local garden soil which will be helpful in better growth and more flowers production.

How to do transplanting?

Fill up the pot about 50% with the selected or best soil mixture and left a size about the height of roots so the plant can easily fit in it. After making everything ready easily put the cuttings in and don’t put a lot of burden or weight over them and add the same soil mixture to cover it and that’s it now transplanting process is almost done.

Make sure to add water in the pot so your cuttings will get all the required amount of nutrients to grow up.

Irrigation requirements

Irrigation can be done after two to three days or a single time a week, and it depends on your soil conditions. If you are not using cocopeat in these conditions fast irrigation should be required.

irrigation process of hibiscus

Some questions and their solution

When do hibiscus flowers bloom?

In the whole summer season, hibiscus flowers continue to bloom and they are bloom a few days later than summer. For more flowers production you can remove or cut down already bloomed flowers and liquid fertilizers can be used for better and more production of flowers.

Can we grow hibiscus on the ground?

yes, It’s easy and good to grow hibiscus flowering plants on the ground but in most cities, our temperature is too hot or too cool. So if your temperature is too much up or down then use of pots is important and provide proper care to them so you will get better results.

Does hibiscus produce seeds?

Yes, Hibiscus produces seeds in their pods and its seeds can be collected easily when these pods get brown and dry completely. You can store these seeds and these seeds will bring good germination for your next season.

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