blooms of aphrodite hibiscus rose of sharon - Knowledgebase Question

atlantic city, ne
Question by linda100ands
July 30, 2007
I JUST PLANTED A APHRODITE ROSE OF SHARON .WHEN THE FLOWER OPENS IN THE MORNING FOR INSTANTES FOUR MAY BLOOM THEN LATER THAT DAY THEY CLOSE UP AND WON'T OPEN UP THE NEXT DAY THEN THE SAME PATTERN STARTS WITH THE NEXT BLOOM OPEN IN THE MORNING LATER THAT DAY CLOSE AND WON'T OPEN AT ALL THE NEXT DAY CAN YOU TELL ME IS THAT THE WAY THE APHRODITE ROSE OF SHARON BLOOM OR IS THERE SOMETHING THEY NEED TO STAY OPEN PLEASE EMAIL ME LETTING ME KNOW THE ANSWER.


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Answer from NGA
July 30, 2007

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One of the most common Rose of Sharon health issues is "Flower Bud Drop." Your shrub may be in bud or full bloom and then the next day the buds/flowers have fallen off. To avoid this, the soil moisture must remain constant; it can't fluctuate excessively between dry and moist. This is why a rich, organic moisture retentive soil is recommended.

To reduce evaporation and maintain a cooler soil temperature, apply a 3-inch layer of mulch under the shrub. This should curtail any future bud drop issues.

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