Rose Of Sharon - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Jan McLean
Wichita, KS
Question by witchie302
March 4, 2000
I have Hibiscus Syriacus. Please inform when and how it should be pruned. I have pruned it quite severely in the past.

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2000


Rose-of-Sharon, or Shrub Althaea, can grow to 12' tall. It blooms best if pruned annually (in winter), cutting the previous season's growth back to 2 buds. If you prune more, you'll have fewer blooms. Pruning now (early March) should still provide your plant with ample time to develop new flowering shoots. Don't delay too much longer, however, or the plant may not bloom at all this year.

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