Pruning Rose of Sharon - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Marion, NY
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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?

Answer from NGA
September 10, 1999
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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