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Rose of Sharon Bushes

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Hibiscus Cyriacus

Rose of Sharon is a fast growing, prolific bush (or tree). It is native to the mountain woods of China and India. Flowers bloom prolifically in mid to late summer. Easy to grow Rose of Sharon flower colors include: pink, white, purple, blue and red.

Rose of Sharon is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is not related to roses. Bushes grow tall, up to 12 feet, and are generally wide. This bush is one of the last to open its leaves in the spring . And, it's mid to late summer bloom, is one of the last as well. It is well worth waiting for.

Grow Rose of Sharon bushes singularly, in groups or as a hedgerow.

Propagating Rose of Sharon:

Rose of Sharon is grown from seed. It's prolific blooms, result in prolific seed drop. As a result, you may find lots of "little ones" each year.

Rose of Sharon can also be easily propagated by rooting cuttings.  Take tender new growth, and set it in a container with an inch or two of water. Roots will soon grow, and the new bush can be transplanted outdoors.

How to Grow Rose of Sharon Bushes:

Fast growing Rose of Sharon bushes are easy to grow. Once established ,they will thrive for years with almost no care.

Grow them in full sun to partial shade. Plants grow in a variety of soils, from clay to sandy loam. Fertilizing is only needed in poor soils. Fertilize once in early spring, and again in early summer.

The bushes grow best in moist, well draining soil. Rose of Sharon bushes do not like to have their feet wet. Plants are drought tolerant. But, make sure to give them adequate water during blooming period. Dry soil, or uneven water, can result in buds and blooms dropping prematurely.

Select a location and dig a hole deep and wide. Mix  in generous amounts of compost or peat moss. Place the plant in the hole and fill with soil and compost. Tamp the soil lightly. Water generously when planting. Keep the soil moist in the first few weeks after transplanting , to promote new root growth.

Mulch around plants to help retain moisture, and to keep weeds down.

Pests of Rose of Sharon:

Occasional insect problems can occur. Use insecticides only if necessary.

Diseases Affecting Rose of Sharon Bushes:

Plants are seldom affected by disease.

A favorite Fall pastime is planting fall bulbs. These bulbs turn into the first blooms of spring, brightening up and chasing away the dull, grey winter scenery.

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