How to Care for Rose of Sharon Shrubs


The rose of Sharon shrub brings a sense of tropical paradise to your lawn and garden. With large blooms that range in color from deep pinks to soft whites, and even mixed, the rose of Sharon is not a rose at all but a member of the hibiscus family. These shrubs are easy to maintain and care for and are hardy when it comes to variations in weather conditions.

Step 1

Select a location in your garden or on your lawn that receives full sun for most of the day. Rose of Sharon shrubs do best in full sun conditions, but can live in partial sun locations. Ensure the soil in the location is well drained and does not pool water. Areas that pool water around plants promote disease and fungal growth.

Step 2

Dig a hole to plant the rose of Sharon using a spade shovel. The hole should be twice as deep as the root ball and three to four times as wide. Ensure that the shrub can set down into the planting hole easily with plenty of room surrounding the root ball.

Step 3

Place the rose of Sharon shrub into the hole, and fill the hole with water, until the root ball is completely covered. Allow the water to completely soak into the hole and root ball.

Step 4

Fill in the hole with dirt. Break apart any clumps using your shovel. Allow the dirt to form a small mound around the base of the rose of Sharon for support, while the shrub is taking root in its new location.

Step 5

Fertilize the shrub after planting, and once per month until the first frost of winter. Use an all-purpose plant food or a water-soluble fertilizer for best results. Administer the fertilizer/plant food to the shrub according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can purchase a water-soluble fertilizer or an all-purpose plant food at your local garden specialty store.

Step 6

Prune the rose of Sharon shrub as needed. Make your cut, using sharp pruning shears, where the dead or dying branch joins the main trunk of the shrub.

Step 7

Winterize the rose of Sharon shrub by pruning back the branches after the first frost of the winter. Prune each branch back 4 to 5 inches to promote new growth in the spring. Apply a layer of mulch 5 to 6 inches deep to help protect the roots from the harsh temperatures--although this is optional.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade shovel
  • Water
  • All-purpose plant food/fertilizer
  • Sharp pruning shears


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Keywords: Rose of Sharon, Flowering shrub care, Caring for Shrubs

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.