Rose Of Sharon Plants
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Rose of Sharon cutting

Zone 23954 | susan.8512 added on August 20, 2018 | Answered

How long before this Rose of Sharon cutting will grow more than these few leafs? I rooted this cutting last summer 2017. It has two “bumps” that sprouted leaves. It is in an eastern and sometimes a northern window in my house with sunshine. And it hasn’t sprouted anymore leaves and is not growing. It is green, turned toward the sunshine, but isn’t growing anymore. I’ll attach a photo of it Thanks. Please respondd to [email protected] Susan Sisler Meherrin, Virginia.

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Answered on August 20, 2018

Rose of Sharon will do much better outdoors in direct sunlight. Indoor light is a poor substitute for the real thing. Take it out of the tub and examine the roots. They may be rotting if there are no drainage holes. Rose of Sharon is finicky in this way: it likes moist soil but will rot if it is too wet. If the roots look OK, put it in a 6" (or so) container with fresh potting soil and some compost and water well. If you don't have compost, give it a 1/4 dose of fertilizer. Slowly get it used to outdoors giving it more sun each day. It will need special winter protection is you can't plant it in the ground this fall and you live in a climate with cold winter temps. If you are looking for a flowering woody plant for indoors, look into miniature roses.

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