This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This beautiful stove-plant, which ought to be in every collection, is a native of New Caledonia. The leaves are about 3 inches in length and 2 in breadth, ovate, acute at the apex, and finely variegated with green, pink, and white. The flowers are scarlet, and shaped like those of an Abutilon. There are few plants more deserving of cultivation than this Hibiscus; not only are the leaves beautiful, but when the plant is in flower it is really magnificent. It will strike at any season, provided there is a propagating-pit at command. The cuttings should be taken off about 4 or 5 inches in length, prepared in the usual way, and inserted in pots or pans in silver sand, plunged in a gentle bottom-heat, attended to in watering, and kept shaded until they strike, which is generally in about a fortnight. As soon as they are well rooted they should be potted into pots 2 1/2 inches in diameter, in a mixture of half loam, half peat, with a little charcoal and a dash of silver sand to keep the compost open. They should then be shaded from bright sun until they have taken with their shift; afterwards they should be kept near the glass, in the full blaze of the sun, and liberally supplied with water.
When their balls are well matted with roots, their next shift should be into pots 4 or 5 inches in diameter, the same compost being used as previously recommended, with a little well-decomposed cow-manure added.
Always attend to shifting as the plants require it; but this must not be overdone, or the leaves will be apt to lose their fine variegation. If nice busby plants are wanted, pinching must be attended to; but cuttings struck in February or March, and grown on without stopping, make nice table plants by September. Grower.