The Q&A Archives: Propagating Rose of Sharon

Question: My next door neighbor has a flowering bush called Rose of Sharon; she said to take a portion of it and transplant it to my yard. My question is, how do I do it and when? The bush is so pretty and I want to make sure I do it right so it will thrive in my yard.

Answer: Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) can be propagated quite easily with no danger to the original plant. If there are seedlings growing in your neighbor's yard, simply dig one up and move it to a prepared planting spot. (Water it well the day before and again after planting.) You can also collect seed from her plant and plant in your garden. But if this is a special variety of Rose of Sharon and you want to be sure to have the same one, you should do it by rooting some tip cuttings. Cuttings taken in June and July root the easiest. Enjoy your Rose of Sharon!

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