How to Plant a Rose of Sharon Plant


Rose of Sharon produces flowers in the later summer in a variety of colors such as white, pink, blue and red. This plant from the hibiscus family requires minimal maintenance once planted. Rose of Sharon doesn't require major soil preparation or constant attention. The primary concern when planting Rose of Sharon lies in providing enough room to allow for mature growth. Rose of Sharon can grow up to 12 feet high and over 8 feet wide. .

Step 1

Select a location that receives full sun to light shade. Consider the very large mature size of the Rose of Sharon when planting and allow for plenty of expansion room. Choose a planting spot that offers well-drained soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole 2 times as wide and deep as the root ball of the Rose of Sharon plant. Remove all soil and place it beside the hole. Chop up any large dirt clumps. Remove rocks and weeds from the soil and throw them away.

Step 3

Use pruning clippers to cut any twine holding the root ball of the plant, if necessary. If there is burlap around the root ball, loosen it but leave it on; it can be planted with the shrub.

Step 4

Direct a stream of water at the root ball of the plant to remove some of the compacted container soil. This encourages roots to grow outward to support the plant.

Step 5

Add a 2-inch layer of compost to the bottom of the planting hole and toss a few handfuls onto the pile of fill dirt. Mix the compost with the fill dirt using the shovel.

Step 6

Place the Rose of Sharon plant into the hole to check positioning. The top of the root ball should lie about 1 inch below the regular soil surface. Add soil to the bottom of the hole until positioning is correct.

Step 7

Pour dirt to fill the hole halfway. Water the roots and soil until the soil settles and drains.

Step 8

Fill the remainder of the hole to the surface level and water again. Continue with regular deep watering (near the base of the shrub) until the plant becomes established.

Step 9

Add a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch around the base of the shrub and outward to the limit of the outermost branches to keep soil temperatures cooler and improve water retention.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade Shovel
  • Pruning clippers
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Garden hose


  • University of Illinois
  • Purdue University Extension
  • National Gardening Association
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