How to Root a Rose of Sharon


Like many woody plants, rose of Sharon is easily propagated by rooting a small cutting. This method is popular for good reason. It is quick, inexpensive and doesn't require any specialized equipment or knowledge. Rooting a rose of Sharon allows you to clone an existing plant, something that doesn't always happen when planting seeds. It also lets you easily take a part of a favorite plant with you or share your beautiful rose of Sharon with family and friends.

Step 1

Mix together equal amounts of perlite and peat moss.

Step 2

Fill the pot with the perlite and peat moss mixture.

Step 3

Cut a 6-inch section of strong, healthy stem from near the top of an existing rose of Sharon plant. Make the cut at a 45-degree angle.

Step 4

Remove any flowers or flower buds from the cutting by gently pinching them off, and remove the leaves from the bottom 4 inches of the cutting.

Step 5

Wound the cutting near the bottom by nicking it on one side with a sharp knife. This will help roots to form.

Step 6

Coat the bottom of the cutting, including the wound, in rooting powder.

Step 7

Push the cutting gently into the soil in the pot you prepared earlier, making sure at least 2 to 3 inches of the stem are below the soil.

Step 8

Water the cutting.

Step 9

Cover the cutting and pot with a sheet of clear plastic wrap, securing it around the pot with a rubber band or large twist tie. Seal any edges with another sheet of plastic wrap if necessary to make it airtight to hold in moisture.

Step 10

Place the cutting in a location that receives indirect sunlight.

Step 11

Wait three to four weeks, watering as needed to prevent the soil from drying.

Step 12

Remove the plastic wrap and allow your new rose of Sharon plant to grow another week or two before beginning to harden it for outdoor planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let your cutting dry out or become overheated. Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

Things You'll Need

  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Small planting pot
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rooting powder
  • Sharp knife
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Large rubber band or long twist tie


  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension: Propagating Plants In and Around the Home
  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation By Stem Cutting
  • Country Living: Rooting A Rose of Sharon
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Carlye Jones is a journalist, freelance writer, photographer and novelist, with more than 15 years of experience. She enjoys sharing her expertise on home improvements, interior decorating, photography, gardening and traveling. Her work has appeared both in print and on numerous websites, such as Matador Travel. Carlye received her training at Northern Arizona University.