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ROSE OF SHARON


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From:Date:Zone:
Cliff26-Apr-05 05:07 PM EST 6b   
Patricia26-Apr-05 06:26 PM EST 5   
Cliff27-Apr-05 07:21 AM EST 6b   
Dan01-May-05 07:02 PM EST   
Rod Brown10-Sep-05 06:49 PM EST 2a   
Glen T12-Sep-05 08:03 AM EST 7   
Michelle.L.14-Sep-05 09:48 AM EST 5   
Glen T14-Sep-05 06:14 PM EST 7   
Patricia14-Sep-05 06:19 PM EST 5a   


Subject: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Cliff
Zone: 6b
Date: 26-Apr-05 05:07 PM EST

I planted 2 rose of sharon bushes last year. The ground is heavy clay, but i added lots of compost material in with the soil when I planted them. They grew slowly and had a few blossoms on each. Should I expect a better showing this year, in hopes that the roots should have established themselves last summer. Any help would be appreciated


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 26-Apr-05 06:26 PM EST

Rose of Sharon: they are finicky things! But yes, given that you in are a warmer zone than me, you should expect a better show this year. Gardening is about patience, if nothing else!


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Cliff
Zone: 6b
Date: 27-Apr-05 07:21 AM EST

Thanks.. I wiill give them another shot of compost to add more nutrients to the soil around them.


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Dan (dan.clost@sympatico.ca)
Zone:
Date: 01-May-05 07:02 PM EST

Roses of Sharon are among the last of the shrubs to leaf out. In our 5b/6a area, they may not push out leaves until June. Many of our customers bring in fully viable plants in mid-May wondering what's wrong. Patricia mentioned patience and with this chappy she certainly has the right of it. (Butterfly bush, Buddleia daviddii also fits this category)


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Rod Brown
Zone: 2a
Date: 10-Sep-05 06:49 PM EST

Hi i was in Ontario this summer and got hold of 4 little Rose of Sharon plants at the moment I have them in pots and will be keeping them under grow lights during the winter and colder part of spring.Once the get to a nice size I am planning on planting them outside I would like to know what my chances are of their survival once I do this also if winterizing will help much like hybird roses does anyone thing they will survive.I live in Saskatchewan east of Saskatoon.


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 12-Sep-05 08:03 AM EST

Rod--I'm still hoping somebody from the prairies will pipe up and say they have succeeded with it. Plants can surprise us.

Generally, rose of sharon is rated zone 5, so with a lot of protection I'm sure some folks are succeeding in zone 4, at least till a really bad winter.

With these, if it dies to the ground, not sure it will flower coz it has to grow back up then finally set buds, might need at least one year's growth to do that. My cuttings usually flower in their #1 containers after a year of growth, for e.g.

If you were going to keep them in pots, and indoors in winter, maybe the tropical ones would make just as much, maybe more sense. They are often grown in containers, of course, and even more amazing show of flowers...just a thought.

These shrubs are spectacular right now, just to make you feel worse, Rod (joke, sorry).


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Michelle.L.
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Sep-05 09:48 AM EST

Would like to know exactly how tall these can get, or is it in proportion to which zone your in?


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 14-Sep-05 06:14 PM EST

Michelle--these are fairly slow growing, but will eventually form a small tree, 8-10ft. tall.


Subject: RE: ROSE OF SHARON
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-Sep-05 06:19 PM EST

Attention: Rod Brown: Do you have a very warm "micro-climate" anywhere in your garden? For instance, we have a full south facing brick wall - AND under the soil in this same spot we have the outgoing pipe to our septic field. This means: heat above and below. In this spot we grow stuff that is completely NOT supposed to survive an Ottawa area winter. We add to the heat by covering everything with bales of hay and then a big tarp over the hay (so it won't get wet). The result is amazing plants that are definitely not supposed to be winter-hardy here, like bananas and cactus plants. Yes, you heard me right! So, if you can find a similar "hot spot" in your garden, plant your Rose of Sharon there.


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