Rose of Sharon Flowers Wilt - Knowledgebase Question

Marlton, NJ
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Question by earlyone
May 2, 1999
Every year my Rose of Sharon begin the season with beautiful blooms. After a couple weeks, they continue blooming, but the new blooms quickly wilt. I have sprayed, but don't really think they are being eaten. Is this normal evolution? ...the leaves remain fine and they grow rapidly.

Answer from NGA
May 2, 1999
Based on your description I'm not sure if there is a problem or not; in some cases Japanese beetles will eat into the flowers and cause them to fade more quickly than normal. Otherwise, it may simply be that the weather is taking its toll: as the weeks progress and the season gets warmer (and usually drier) the flowers may simply not last as long. I think too we notice the faded blooms more after the first gorgeous flush of flowers -- there are after all more of the spent blooms on the shrub as time goes on. You might try a deep watering once a week while the plants are in bloom and see if that helps at all. As long as the shrubs seem healthy otherwise I doubt it is anything to worry about.

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