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elvis1943
Aug 18, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I had some seedlings of rose of sharon growing under my plant, so I cut them off at ground level, now they are regrowing in sort of a bush type plant. If I replant them will they flower?
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Mitch
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DaisyI
Aug 18, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Can you post a photo of your plant? Is it a single stemed "tree"? Rose of Sharon are typically multi-stemed plants but they do tend to start with one stem and add more.

If your's was intended as a tree when you bought it, it will be grafted so any stems coming up from the ground are suckers from the root and should be removed.

On the other hand, if its just starting to do what they do, you shouldn't try to cut them off.

Seeing a photo of the plant in question will help us to better help you.
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 18, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Hi Mitch, Some ROS will grow as very upright multistemmed shrubs. Others (a bit more rare) will form a single trunk and have tree-like branches (from seed, not grafted). I have both. If you cut off a ROS seedling and it comes back up, it will most certainly go on to produce more stems that will eventually flower. It's just a matter of waiting to see what final shape the shrub will take, stiffly upright, or more "weeping". If you want to keep these seedlings, just dig them up and move them. If they are in leaf, keep them well watered until they establish. ROS is very tough as long as it does not dry out as it is getting established. Remember that SEEDLINGS may NOT turn out to be exact copies of the parent plants.
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greene
Aug 18, 2017 4:10 PM CST
We don't know if they are seedlings or shoots from the main stem or the possible root stock stem. It would be good to plant them and see what they become. Hurray!
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 18, 2017 4:16 PM CST
Hi elvis1943!

The advice that Daisyl gave you is the best way to go about it. Many Altheas, Rose of Sharon, are grafted. If the graft gets damaged you could have suckers coming up. Almost all that are sold as an upright tree are grafted. Is it a single or double flower?
Could you have a graft and buried it? In my area we do not bury their grafts, but I am unfamiliar with your zone.

Pictures would be very helpful.
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elvis1943
Aug 19, 2017 7:54 AM CST
They are seedlings i cut with the mower cause there were so many, thet are regrowing from the cut off stubs in little bushlike plants, just wondering if they will flower if transplanted,
Thanks,
Mitch
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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2017 9:39 AM CST
If you can get them to root, they will flower when mature enough.
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SunnyBorders
Aug 19, 2017 2:41 PM CST
An issue could get to be the seeding itself.

Many Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) cultivars are prolific seeders, at least in some circumstances. Consequently, in recent years, I've only planted triploids which are sterile (or more or less so).

With one very pretty blue double, planted more than ten years ago, I had to pull 80 seedlings out of the adjacent lawn one year. From then on, I both thinned out some of the branches and deadheaded the flowers of that plant. I find the latter easier than bending down to pull out multiple individual seedlings at ground level.

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