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hibiscus syriacus not fully leafed....

Posted by dukey 5aIL (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 21, 06 at 9:18

my 5 year old rose of sharon is having trouble i think. it has been a flourishing beauty every year until now. it is almost to a height of 8'. i guess i would have to say there are 5 or 6 major "trunks" to the tree. about three of those leafed out really well, as they normally do. the other three appear to be completely dormant. not a leaf to be found. there are what appears to be buds, but they don't appear normal. when i scratch at the bark there are hints of green underneath but not much. i'm concerned because by this time of the year it is always completely leafed out. i didn't change my pruning habits or anything. and when i do prune or "cut back", i always have done immediately after all flowering is done, and i take about 6-8" off the whole plant. my neighboor claims i should cut it back to half its size. someone help! this is the prize of my garden and i don't know what to do. should i cut just the sections out that aren't leafing or please...

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RE: hibiscus syriacus not fully leafed....

I have somewhat the same problem with one that is just sort of "existing". I brought home some Miracle Grow for hibiscus the other day, but haven't applied it. I'd really like some kind of diagnosis on the thing before I start treating it.....a friend suggested that "I wait to see what came up next year." To which my reply was "a dogwood if I don't get some flowers soon." It did flower last year. Help

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