The Q&A Archives: Pruning Rose of Sharon

Question: Should I trim the seeds off and cut back my Rose of Sharon which has just stopped blooming and is this the best time of year for pruning?

Answer: Some gardeners will remove the seeds much as one would deadhead a garden perennial but others enjoy them as a decorative element during the winter. It is a matter of personal choice -- although it is quite a job on a mature plant! The best time to prune Rose of Sharon is late winter to very early spring before it has started to grow. A hard pruning back to heavy branches will result in fewer but larger flowers. A light pruning to clean off the seedheads and any winterkilled tips will result in a bushier plant. This too is a matter of choice.

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