| Every spring I have to do some major pruning of the shrubs and trees,
| including my Roses of Sharon. I just put the cuttings in a brush pile in
| hidden corner of my yard (if someone complains, I tell'em it's my
| compost heap). Well, a couple of weeks later, I needed some sticks to
| my morning glories onto my trellises, so I got some from the brush pile,
| them to the length I needed, and jammed them into the ground.
| A couple of weeks later, the sticks are putting out new growth! Voila!
| Accidental propagation of rose
of Sharon hardwood cuttings!
| Object of this story is to tell you that these are some of the easiest
| plants to propagate - just take a cutting and put it in a pot (actually,
| it's better to take many more cuttings than you think you need, because
| will inevitably fail on the way to becoming established new plants).
| An even better approach to Rose of Sharon propagation is to ask your
| neighbor if you can look around under and in the vicinity of his/her Roses
| of Sharon. Bet you you'll find more than a couple of "volunteers" -
| that have come up from seeds dropped by the existing plants. Rose of
| is a notorious self-seeder, so unless your neighbor is a very meticulous
| weeder, you should find some volunteers. If you do, just dig them out
| a trowel - staying 3 - 4" away from the plant and going about 6" deep (to
| ensure you get as much of the young root system as possible), then just
| plant them where you want them in your yard. Keep them watered for a week
| or so to enable the roots to get established in their new location, and
| within 3 years you'll have a 6-9' tall Rose of Sharon.
Thanks! I will give this a try. My neighbor is more than willing to allow me
to scope out his yard for new growth and I will do so. I'm really looking
forward to having a few of these for myself since the flowers are so lovely.
I intend to keep them rather small. I read in the plant encyclopedia that if
you cut them back in the spring they will stay small but have bigger
I've also seen some other hibiscus that appealed to me so we will probably
have several by the end of next season.
How did your morning glories come out? I have a beautiful Grandpa Ott
growing up an apple tree in my back yard and a couple of mixed colors
growing up the side of my front porch. These have the hugest leaves I have
ever seen on a morning glory - some are a good 8" across! Not much in the
way of blooms yet but there are a ton of new beginning buds within the last
few days so they are probably just reacting to a late start since I didn't
get them in till almost June.
I also was concerned that perhaps the spot I chose for them was too nitrogen
rich because I've read that if morning glories get too much nitrogen they
will produce a lot of leafy growth instead of flowers so I have tried to
adjust that and will see how it goes.
glas <- loves morning glory
| Another note: Roses of Sharon can be trained to either be shrub form
| natural inclination) or tree form (which is what I prefer). If you opt
| the latter, watch your young plants and pinch out branching that will
| low on the plant, allowing the main trunk to grow. Then each spring,
| off all the leaves and branches that want to grow low on the plant, and it
| ill develop into a nice small, flowering tree.
| Good luck!
| >I am fairly new to gardening so some of the terms and procedures are
| >my knowledge at this point.
| >Recently, I have developed a strong desire to add a couple of
| >Rose-Of-Sharon's to my collection. I have read and been told by others
| >you can sprout these from cuttings taken off of mature plants. An article
| >the Time-Life plant encyclopedia says that Hardwood cuttings may be taken
| >mid summer to start new plants.
| >Could anyone tell me how to go about doing this? My neighbor has several
| >these lovely shrubs and has agreed to let me take some of his but I want
| >do it right so it won't be wasted.
| >Thanks in advance.