How to Start a New Rose of Sharon Bush


A beautiful plant that can be grown with a grouping of other plants or planted with others of its own kind is the rose of Sharon. Whether you grow rose of Sharon tall or short, be sure to plant it in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade. Be certain the soil has good drainage and the ability maintain moisture. Because the plant is so easy to maintain, a new rose of Sharon bush can be started with very little effort and maximum payoff.

Step 1

Dig a hole for your rose of Sharon as deep as your pot and three times as wide. If your soil is sandy, replace approximately half of it with garden soil or compost to increase the soil's ability to hold moisture.

Step 2

Remove your plant from its pot gently. Untangle any of the larger roots from the base of the root ball with your fingers. Spread the roots out as you place the rose of Sharon into the hole.

Step 3

Break up the soil from the hole as best as possible and refill the hole around the plant. Press the soil lightly to secure the plant, but don't pack the soil to where it feels hard or that water wouldn't be able to pass through.

Step 4

Water as soon as you have filled in the hole to wet the soil and the roots. Continue to keep a moist soil around the plant for the first four weeks.

Step 5

Add 2 to 4 inches of naturual product mulch to the base of the plant to help it maintain a moist soil and prevent weeds.

Step 6

Water weekly if you experience drought or notice that the top inch of soil is extremely dry. This is especially critical over the first summer that your plant is in the ground since its roots still need time to spread out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden soil or compost
  • Mulch


  • Georgia Gardener's Guide; Erica Clasener, Walter Reeves; 2004
  • Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening; Carroll C. Calkins; 1993
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