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by pagarden on May 19, 2006 05:22 AM
last year towards end of summer we got 3 huge (probably 6-7 feet tall) rose of sharon trees. a friend was tearing them out and was going to toss them so we rescued tham and planted them. i didn't touch them as they went through enough shock being moved. i do want to trim them up a bit but whens the best time? they are all sprouting new leaves now so they all made it through winter.
by weezie13 on May 19, 2006 05:25 AM
I think you missed your window,
I do believe they are done in early spring..
Before it breaks dormancy....

I do know that they bloom on the new growth...

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by pagarden on May 19, 2006 01:47 PM
well, as it dropped all leaves end of last summer from the shock i was waiting till the new leaves showed up so i could make sure it survived the move + winter back to back. so i should just wait till early spring next year to prune it?
by weezie13 on May 19, 2006 01:59 PM
Well, I am no expert on them,
I have 2 of them but one isn't doing good,
and one is going leaps and bounds...

One that is doing good, I prune early spring/late winter,
the other I don't touch at all, and it isn't happy...

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by Squirrel on May 19, 2006 02:21 PM
I`m interested in their care, also. Planted one last year. It did beautifully. It servived the winter, but I have afaids on the new growth. I sprayed it with neem oil. But I have to do something again because they`re still there! I`m going to have to prune to keep it small because I have a small yard. So I should do that in early spring or late winter, right? Sue

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by weezie13 on May 19, 2006 02:38 PM
Aphids' are a sign of plant stress...

What kind of dirt/soil is it in?

Have you used any fertilizers?
If so what kind??

Have you prune it yet??

How has the growing conditions been for you??
Hot, dry early in the spring, full sun,
shade??????

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by Squirrel on May 24, 2006 03:48 PM
The soil was on the clay side so when I dug that bed I added top soil and humus. No fertilizers, yet. Haven`t pruned and won`t until next Spring. Until last week, it`s been on the dry side, but have been watering. It gets some shade during the day, but mostly in full sun. Thanks for trying to help, Weezie! Sue

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by weezie13 on May 24, 2006 04:20 PM
Okay, next question,
this "ROS" has growth on it already?

Do you have a picture of it by any chance????

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by Squirrel on May 25, 2006 02:55 AM
That`s where the aphids are-on the new tender growth. Sorry, no picture. The bush looks healthy so I don`t really know what the aphids are doing to it??? I`m going to spray it again with neem oil. It did the trick on my one rose bush. They must like rose of sharon better. lol If the neem oil doesn`t work, I`ll get some lady bugs and let them feast. lol But they don`t come in to the nursery until June. Sue

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by johnCT on May 25, 2006 03:03 AM
Insecticidal soap works on aphids also. [thumb]

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by Squirrel on May 25, 2006 03:07 AM
Thanks, John, I`ll try it. Sue

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by LandOfOz on May 25, 2006 05:37 AM
I have about 6 rose of sharons on my property and I'm always getting compliments on them. In fact, the woman across the street, who works magic with flowers, is dying to know my "secret". I prune my rose of sharon (ROS) down quite a big in early spring. I get lots of very large blooms with a great, healthy foliage. That is all I ever do ROS is such an easy plant to take care of!!

sarah

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by Squirrel on May 25, 2006 11:33 AM
Sarah, you are so lucky to be able to have the room for 6 ROS. When we moved here there was one in the yard and for some reason I dug it up and got rid of it. Can you imagine???? I wasn`t into gardening at the time. My neighbor got me into it and I thank her to this day. I find it relaxing. And now I`ve found all of you here at the forum. Lucky me. Sue

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