New Rose Of Sharon

See my new Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus) “Red Heart”?  This is my latest impulse purchase.  Well, almost.  We had wanted a flowering shrub for a spot where we wanted more shade in my back yard.  We had talked about a Rose of Sharon, but hadn’t made a decision, until love won us over last Sunday.

New Rose Of Sharon
New Rose Of Sharon

Hardy to Zone 5, this beauty will be just perfect in our back yard.  Now, all I have to do is train Rose of Sharon into a standard (tree form).  I wonder how long that will take me?  I’ve never done it before.  Wish me luck.

I plan to let this baby stay in the pot until at least until next year.  There is already a candidate to use as the primary stem.  It is the longest, and I think can be staked to keep it straight.  There is an alternative stem that grows a little straighter, but it is quite short.  Once I decide for sure which stem to use, I will prune the other stems away and work on the side branches.

In the mean time, I will enjoy my Rose of Sharon while it blooms.  Aren’t they pretty?

 

49 Replies to “New Rose Of Sharon”

    1. Hi Bernieh,

      It should be interesting trying to turn it into a standard. I know basically how to, but doing is another thing. Have a great weekend.

      Yael

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  1. I just bought a rose of Sharon again this year myself after losing one in a too damp spot a few years ago. Lavender Chiffon for me but I’ve seen the one you have growing here and wouldn’t mind another. I hope you’ll share photos as you train this shrub into a standard.
    Judith

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    1. Judith,

      I had to look up Lavender Chiffon. It is absolutely gorgeous, and looks double to semi double to boot. I hope my spot is not too damp for mine. It should be since there is a slight slope. I will be excited with my experiment.

      Yael

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    1. Beth,

      Thanks for coming by. We were so taken with this one when we saw it. I can’t wait till we have it in its garden spot.

      Yael

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  2. I so like rose of sharon but I did not know it is also a hibiscus. I planted one hibiscus this year and seems bugs like this plant. I like the color of the flower here.

    Thanks for the visit..Kim,USA

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    1. Kim,

      Thanks for coming by. I didn’t know it was a hibiscus either for quite awhile, although it sure looks like one. Happy to find out that this is a cold hardy memeber of the family.

      Yael

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    1. Athena,

      Thanks. This is going to be fun. And the flowers are so pretty. Unfortunately, I have not read Grapes of Wrath. My association with Rose of Sharon is Biblical. Exact meaning is unknown, but reading Wikipedia, I get the impression that some kind of allium is a possibility.

      Yael

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  3. I love my Rose of Sharon / you will love yours too

    YOU know what you are doing and will train YOURS

    MINE just train me,lol…I planted mine a few years ago and am finding “volunteers” in all sorts of places…

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    1. Hi Debra,

      I am already enjoying my Rose of Sharon. I only know what I think I’m supposed to do. We will see who trains whom. I suspect both. Looking forward to the challenge.
      Yael

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  4. I have rose of sharons blooming all around our postage stamp yard. In August and September all the bushes bloom what a site to behold. It is fantastic! If you have more than one plant they multiply like rabbits do. Enjoy that beautiful rose of sharon plant. I enjoy the ones in our yard a lot!
    Joyce M

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    1. Joyce,

      Thanks for coming by. I know that I am going to enjoy mine. Hope it doesn’t quite try to keep up with the rabbits though. Oh, well, it won’t be the only one.

      Yael

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  5. You will love that plant. I have several and the best part of them is the long lasting and plentiful blooms. Mine start in August but bloom through October. They grow really fast too. I have 4 on the side of my porch and they provide a privacy screen from the street and neighbor.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie.

      Everyone has such wonderful things to say about them. I hope that mine will bloom into October like yours. I like that.

      Yael

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    1. Joyness Sparkles,

      Thanks and thanks for coming by. That is so interesting about the uses of the hibiscus that you will be growing next year. Enjoy it.

      Yael

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  6. That will be great to train your own! I love my Rose of Sharon- I just wish it would bloom sooner! Good luck with your new project- it will take a few years to realize it but you will enjoy it so much more since you created it! I’d drop it in the ground (pot and all) for the winter.

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    1. Liz,

      Thanks for your encouragement. I am excited about it. We have a pretty good system that works pretty well for our pots. We are able to get them up close to the house where there is more warmth and we pack the pots close together in leaf filled bags for insulation(holes in bags for drainage). This works pretty well. If it gets down to the low 20’s we take them into the garage for a day or two.

      Yael

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  7. We have several rose of sharon hedges in their “wild” form (it’s been too dry to trim them.) They are beautiful. I wish you much luck in growing yours. xo

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  8. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I’m sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

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  9. I love Rose of Sharon. My mom had one at her house that she trimmed into a standard. I had a couple that were starts from hers that I grew as bushes. I now have two starts that I brought from my previous home, but they are still very small. I did break down and buy a purple one a couple years ago. Still, the white with the burgundy throat is my favorite. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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