If you have an empty spot in a home landscape that needs a spot of color, perhaps a rose of Sharon would fill the spot. With its moderate, symmetrical shape and bold blossoms dotting the shrub during much of the growing season, rose of Sharon shrubs are a popular choice among gardeners. Growing a rose of Sharon is not difficult.
Prepare the planting area in the spring. Spread a tarp near the location where you will dig the hole. Dig the hole, placing the soil onto the tarp as you dig. Make the hole approximately twice as deep and wide as the root system of the rose of Sharon.
Amend the soil by adding one part compost to the soil on the tarp, and mix the two mediums well with the shovel. Return the amended soil to the hole, refilling it approximately halfway.
Remove the rose of Sharon from its container carefully to avoid damaging the roots or the plant. Loosen the soil gently until the plant pulls easily from the container.
Place the rose of Sharon into the prepared hole so the crown of the plant will be approximately even with the soil level. Fill additional soil into the hole around the roots, packing it firmly until the soil is even with the surrounding ground level.
Water the rose of Sharon immediately after planting to saturate the soil. Keep the rose of Sharon evenly moist by watering if the soil begins to dry.
Apply the fertilizer over the soil around the rose of Sharon, consulting the package recommendations for the proper amount. Work the fertilizer into the soil with a hand rake, and water the shrub to help the fertilizer soak into the soil.
Prune the rose of Sharon the following spring to shape the shrub and keep it growing within the boundaries you desire. Remove up to one-third of the terminal stems with pruning shears. Pruning will also help reduce the incidence of pests on the rose of Sharon, because pests often congregate on the newest growth.
Watch for insect infestations. Many of the common pests that can plague rose of Sharon shrubs, such as aphids, are easily controlled. Direct a firm spray of water over the shrub to knock the insects loose.