Pruning Rose of Sharon - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Marion, NY
Question by jmj8484
September 10, 1999
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?


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Answer from NGA
September 10, 1999

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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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