Rose of Sharon

conace55(z5 CO)August 23, 2014

I have a ROS bush that I have had approx. 5 years. It has always done well. This year it was slow to leaf out...... it still hasn't. Actually, it has leaves on about the bottom foot or so, and one lonely branch leafed out about 2 feet.

I assume it was frost damaged, but my question is about whether to hope it will grow again next year or is it toast? Should I prune it back to where the green growth is? Leave it as it is (about 5 - 6 foot)? Dig it out and plant something else?

Thanks for any input.


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popmama Zone 5

I'd prune it back way back. Cut out the dead out. I would also probably follow some of the pruning methods for lilacs where you cut out the oldest, woody center stalks.

Then I'd see what it did next year and decide whether to replace.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:49PM
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I had some disease on mine that yielded stunted leaves. I cut them off at the ground, and now, 2 years later, they're 3 foot high and seem perfectly healthy.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:04AM
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conace55(z5 CO)

Thanks for the input. Cut it way back is what I will do. Can't hurt!


    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 12:54PM
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Oh wow... I'm attempting to propagate a Rose of Sharon from a cutting right now in my horticulture class! Interesting that it was simultaneously brought up on the forum. :)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 1:18PM
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