Rose of Sharon can start from cutting

Rose of Sharon can start from cutting

There are 4 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 30, 2009, titled Rose of Sharon can start from cutting. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Rose of Sharon is pruned in late winter or early spring before growth begins. Dear Jane: We have a double rose of Sharon and would like to start a new plant from it.

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Martha

Fremont, OH

#1 Sep 8, 2009
Can you start a rose of sharon just from cutting off a branch and planting it along with some seeds?
richard

Nashport, OH

#2 Sep 10, 2009
Martha wrote:
Can you start a rose of sharon just from cutting off a branch and planting it along with some seeds?
Yes, a branch can be used to start a rose of sharon. Cut less than a 1/2" diameter 5" to 12" long piece with or without leaves, flowers or side branches. Stick the cut end about 2" to 3" deep into wet ground (preferably at the spot where you want the plant to eventually be), water a little bit a few days later, then leave alone. It most likely will root and grow a rose of sharon having the same flowers as the original. There may be some die back, but that can be ignored. Plant anytime during the year and allow a few years for the planting to grow to over 5 feet...... remember that this plant usually flowers in late summer.
Martha

Fremont, OH

#3 Sep 11, 2009
After you plant the rose of sharon, should you cover it up in the winter? Maybe with a large trash bag, our winters are cold and windy.
richard

Norwich, OH

#4 Sep 12, 2009
Martha wrote:
After you plant the rose of sharon, should you cover it up in the winter? Maybe with a large trash bag, our winters are cold and windy.
You could do that, but I never did and I have had success starting them here in central Ohio. For the first year, you might want to put some type of fencing around the plant to prevent animals from digging it up and to prevent humans from stepping on it.

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