How to Replant Rose of Sharon


Whether you've just purchased a potted rose of Sharon from your local nursery or you've recently divided an existing rose of Sharon, you'll want to give this new plant a good start. Before you replant rose of Sharon be sure to plan your location for the plant on a site with full sun, although some shade is tolerable, with well-draining soil which doesn't tend to stay too wet or too dry. With good preparation and initial care, you could see fresh, colorful blooms as early as the next season.

Step 1

Dig a hole for replanting which is at least as deep as the root ball and approximately three times as wide as the root ball. If the soil you are digging seems sandy, replace half of it with a loose garden soil or compost to help increase drainage.

Step 2

Remove your plant from the pot, if using a potted specimen, and untangle any roots along the bottom of the root ball.

Step 3

Spread any large base roots out as you place the plant into your dug hole. Fill in the open areas of the hole with your soil, pressing it lightly to hold the plant in place.

Step 4

Water the plant well to give the rose of Sharon a good moist soil and continue to maintain your soil moisture for the first four weeks. After this no further watering should be needed unless your region is experiencing drought-like conditions.

Step 5

Layer two to four inches of a natural based mulch, such as Scotts' Nature Scapes, around the base of your plant to help hold in the moisture and prevent weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Potted plant or division of rose of Sharon
  • Shovel
  • Garden soil or compost, if necessary
  • Water
  • Natural mulch


  • Georgia Gardener's Guide; Erica Clasener, Walter Reeves; 2004
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