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Growing a Rose of Sharon cutting


How do I grow a cutting off a rose of Sharon bush? It has buds on it. - Gerry -


  1. 8 months ago

    Now to answer your question. Rose of Sharon can be propagated from soft wood cuttings taken in June and July. Treat with rooting hormone, and place in an appropriate medium.

    It is too late now to take the cutting as the plant is nearing the end of its season, thus the flower buds.

    An alternative would be to capture mature seeds from the faded blooms later this fall. This might be the easiest way to propagate.

    Carole Johnson County Master Gardener

  2. 7 months, 4 weeks ago

    Here is another trick. This is called layering. Take a flexible branch and bend it over. Bury the center part of so of the limb with soil. You will probably need to pin it down with a U-shaped piece of wire. Leave the growing point exposed. Over time this buried section will develop roots. Then you can simply cut it from the mother plant are transplant. The best time to start the layering process is in the spring so it has all summer to root and then move the following spring.

    Dennis - Johnson County Extension Thanks Carole for a great answer!

  3. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Rose of Sharons volunteer like crazy. I probably spray or dig up thousands of them every summer. And most of our larger ones were volunteers to begin with. I think I would only clone a Rose of Sharon if I wanted the particular bloom color from a shrub. We have a blue one I’m thinking of doing that with, providing it’s legal of course.

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