How To Propagate A Confederate Rose: Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

What is a Confederate Rose?

A Confederate rose, also known as cotton rose or Hibiscus mutabilis, is a flowering shrub that originates from China and South Asia. It grows up to fifteen feet tall with white flowers that gradually change colors throughout the day. The flowers of this plant can be single or double and have five petals each with a yellow center. They are often used in flower arrangements due to their unique color changing property.

Where Does it Grow?

Confederate roses prefer full sun exposure but can tolerate partial shade too. They do best in moist, well-drained soils with pH levels between 6 and 7.5 but can survive in less ideal conditions if provided enough water during dry periods. This shrub thrives in warmer climates such as the southern United States and Mexico where temperatures rarely dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 Celsius).

Propagation Methods

Propagating confederate roses is relatively easy using either seeds or cuttings from existing plants:

1) Propagating From Seeds: Gather seeds from mature blooms when they have turned brown/black – typically this happens once the flower has gone through its cycle of changing colors throughout the day (from white to pinkish red). Plant them ¼ inch deep into a potting mix container filled with soil mixed with sand for better drainage – keep seedlings at 70-75°F while they germinate (which usually takes 3-4 weeks). Transplant them into larger pots once they reach 4 inches tall, then wait until after your last frost date before planting them outdoors permanently!

2) Propagating From Cuttings: Take cuttings around four inches long during late summer/early fall right above leaf nodes – making sure there are no buds on the stem you’re cutting off! Dip these stems in rooting hormone powder before sticking them into moist potting soil – cover all cut ends completely so that no air pockets form around roots which could cause rotting problems later on down the line! Place your containers inside something like plastic bags so humidity stays consistent over time; misting occasionally may help retain moisture inside these makeshift greenhouses as well! After about six weeks of regular care & maintenance you should start seeing new growth appearing at top portion of stems indicating successful propagation via cuttings method was achieved successfully!


Propagating confederate roses is not only an easy process but also rewarding one too since you’ll soon be able to enjoy its vibrant hues anytime you want without spending money buying more plants every year! You just need patience while propagating either by seed or cutting methods discussed above – good luck & happy growing everyone 🙂