Can you root Rose of Sharon?

linnea56(z5 IL)September 7, 2011

I saw a couple of this very unusual blue purple color this weekend, out of town, planted in an industrial park. I've only seen shades of pink or white before, and up till now, hadn't cared much for the plant. It has some buds and lots of seed pods. None of the seed pods were ripe. I picked a few of the biggest pods I could find, though I don't know whether the seeds can be used. I also picked one stem.

Can I root this? I assume I should remove all buds and seedpods? What about the pods I collected?

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I'm wondering this as well. My crazy neighbor cut mine down today to be a nasty mean spirited person. I found one larger stem in the little debris he left behind. I would love it if it could be rooted!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 7:06PM
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TulsaRose, Tulsa OK(7a)

I've had good luck with green-wood cuttings. In the early spring, I cut them about 8" long, remove all but the top set of leaves and pot up in a small, 3"-4" container. Use potting soil and water daily. I leave the pots in the shade so the new growth doesn't get sunburned.

There are some good instructions at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagate Rose of Sharon

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 9:27AM
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I have very good experience with Rose of Sharon cuttings.
The best time to take cutting is when they are in dormancy .
Put some stem cutting on the edge of a small pot , Wet the potting mix and sealed inside a ziplock bag.
Put the bag in the shade and remember to ventilate every second day for some minutes. Don't add moisture until you notice new growth.
When they are not dormancy I am doing the same but the success is only 80%.
Ziplock bag is very useful when taking cuttings.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 5:08AM
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I received cuttings in the mail during the hot weather from a member of this site. When I opened the package they were hot and sweaty. Almost all of them have sprouted and doing well. So they should be easy most anytime if a person needs to prune I would suggest they go ahead and try. I just used root-tone and put them in the shade when they started growing they found homes in my flower beds. When I grew them down on the coast it seems the soil was better there as they sprouted up almost any there the seeds fell, here in the Houston area they seem to not grow as well. I have the best results from cuttings over seeds but has sent them as far north as Michigan as I remember them doing very well when I lived there.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 9:11AM
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