Once I moved into my present dwelling and began to get to know my backyard, I found I had 5 rose of Sharon crops on the property. We moved within the fall and the timber had been meticulously pruned, so we didn’t want to fret about pruning them that first 12 months. Quick ahead to our second spring and I couldn’t work out what all these tiny little weeds sprouting up in my garden have been. I quickly found they have been miniature rose of Sharon crops—lots of of them making an attempt to make their manner on the earth. So that is each a lesson in pruning a rose of Sharon and a cautionary story.
I did a bit of studying and found that every one these seed pods that seem on the finish of the summer season open up and drop their seeds to the grass or backyard under. If you wish to begin a rose of Sharon nursery, you’re in enterprise. In case you don’t, you’re going to be spending a while pulling up all these earnest little seedlings. (I discussed this in a chunk the Savvy Gardening staff wrote about our backyard blunders.)
Rose of Sharons look nice in perennial gardens—mine have all been pruned to be timber—however they can be skilled right into a hedge. My mother and father inherited a rose of Sharon hedge in entrance of a fence at their present dwelling and it seems to be actually fairly when it’s in bloom. Mine are scattered all through my property—two as basis plantings (beside a lilac and alongside a cedar for a little bit of privateness); one is surrounded by lily of the valley in a yard backyard; one is in entrance of a fence main into the yard, and one is in my perennial backyard within the entrance yard.
The pollinators love rose of Sharons! I’ve seen bees popping out of a bloom coated in pollen and hummingbirds flitting concerning the blooms.
Pruning a rose of Sharon
As soon as I used to be conscious of the rampant seedling inhabitants that develops from ignoring the seed pods, I began pruning my rose of Sharons within the fall after the seed pods developed, however earlier than they opened (or reasonably my husband did as he enjoys something that entails getting out the loppers and pruners and electrical trimmer). Nevertheless, upon checking my trusty Pruning Reply E-book (a similary information additionally got here out not too long ago known as How one can Prune Timber & Shrubs), I found that rose of Sharons needs to be pruned within the springtime.
Rose of Sharons are greatest pruned when dormant as a result of the blooms will develop on new wooden. It’s additionally one of many final timber to get its leaves within the spring, so yearly I feel I’ve killed mine, however they at all times come again (regardless of following an incorrect pruning schedule). Nevertheless, this previous spring, a part of one of many timber didn’t come again, so after I consulted my guide, I found that we shouldn’t be pruning in fall and will have inadvertently killed the tree.
So, my new schedule is shear the tree in fall and prune in spring. My ebook says to shear after the tree has bloomed, however earlier than the seeds set. I normally don’t get to them in time to try this, so I’ll simply be snipping off these seed pods within the fall (mid to late September right here in southern Ontario) after which doing the remainder of the pruning come spring.
Spring pruning will contain pruning out any branches that kind on the base of the tree, in addition to scaling down lifeless or broken wooden, or any unruly branches that have an effect on the tree’s form.