How to Care for a Rose of Sharon Bush

Despite its name, the Rose of Sharon is not a rose at all. Instead, this bush is in the hibiscus family. It can grow in most planting zones, as it is a hardy plant. Caring for a Rose of Sharon is simple and easy. The bush can either be planted in the ground, which is most common, or it can be planted in a large pot. With its colorful and fragrant blooms, the Rose of Sharon will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Rose of Sharon

Step 1

Select a sunny location. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 3 times as wide. Put a shovelful of dirt back in the hole. It's best to plant the bush in the spring, after the danger of frost is over.

Step 2

Remove the Rose of Sharon from its plastic container. Loosen the root ball by working the dirt loose to free the roots. Set the root ball in the hole, and fill the rest of the hole with dirt. Pack the dirt around the bush. Add compost or wood chips around the plant. Water well.

Step 3

Add fertilizer, according to package directions.

Step 4

Pinch the dead blooms off your Rose of Sharon to stimulate more flowers. Pruning can be done in late spring or summer. Use pruning shears to cut back any stems where you want more growth.

Step 5

Spray the Rose of Sharon bush for bugs with a combination of soluble insecticide and liquid dish soap. This will keep the bugs from killing the plant and/or blooms.