The Q&A Archives: Rose of Sharon

Question: I recently transplanted some rose of sharon and it has not taken and I'm wondering why. Currently we have a Rose of Sharon tree that is in mostly shade and a lot of young seedlings have sprouted around it. I want to use it as privacy bushes on the other side of our yard, which is mostly shade. I transplanted 5 of them 3 days ago and they are all wilting.

Answer: Small plants of rose of sharon usually transplant quite well, but this is not the best time of year to do the job. August is too hot and stressful a season and I think that is why you are having trouble. It would be better to try again in the early spring. In the meantime, water the transplants as needed to keep the soil slightly damp (not sopping wet) and mulch well; they may surprise you and recover -- or even resprout from the ground next spring. I should also mention that rose of sharon usually grows best in a location with full sun all day long, in deep shade they may not bloom much and will grow thin and sparse. Good luck with your project!

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