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How to Plant a Rose of Sharon Bush

When you hear the name "Rose of Sharon," you might think it's a type of rose. Instead, the Rose of Sharon is a member of the hibiscus family, and the blooms on this bush are small replicas of hibiscus flowers. Incredibly easy to care for, this plant can grow up to 12 feet high, depending on the variety.

Select a location that receives full sun and where the soil drains well in the spring. It's best to plant a Rose of Sharon in the spring when all danger of frost is over. If you plant more than one, space them approximately 6 to10 feet apart.

Dig a hole as deep as the plant's original container and two to three times larger. For instance, if the pot holding the Rose of Sharon is a 10-inch pot, dig your hole 15 to 20 inches wide. The larger area works as a reservoir for water and helps keep grass and weeds from encroaching around the plant.

Tilt and press the container as you turn it to loosen the root-ball inside. Once it is loose, gently pull on the bush, sliding it out of the container. Take care not to lose much soil surrounding the roots.

Place the plant in the hole and fill half full with soil. Pack lightly around the roots and water the soil, which will remove any air pockets from around the roots. When the water drains, continue filling and packing the hole with soil.

Water the plant again once all the soil is added. Continue to water the plant each day until you notice new leaves growing. At that point, cut back on watering every two to three days, unless it's rained. If you have not received any rainfall for three or more days, you will need to water your Rose of Sharon.

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