The rose of sharon in my garden had a beatiful display of flowers in
the late summer. Now there are hundreds of new buds forming in our
cold zone 5!!! I doubt it can come to flower in time before the
weather turns nasty. Should I pinch off the bud to save its energy to
prepair for winter? Or it doesn't hurt to leave them alone in case
they can bloom?
They are 4 years old, 6' tall and very healthy. Thy are located near
the house in a protected spot from wind. The weather is 5C high and 0C
low (40F and 32F)
They won't bloom again this year. I always trim back the rose of sharon
every fall about this time (I'm in zone 5 too). Last year I experimented
and didn't trim hoping they would grow higher and it didn't work. For
some reason they were having problems getting leaves in the spring
forcing me to do an emergency trim. The buds were all dried up at the
ends and no leaves would form less then 4" from the buds. Therefore,
this year I'm clipping the ends with the buds in fall.
I saw one rose of sharon in my neighborhood that looked like it was 20 or
more years old and the people who lived there didn't trim it last year
and the entire thing was dead this spring. I'm not sure if the lack of
trimming was the reason but these plants do die suddenly and trimming
them in fall makes them seem a lot perkier in the spring.
On 23 Oct 2003 08:43:58 -0700, email@example.com (Karen)
Sounds strange. The leaves of my ROS are now turning yellow and
falling off, typical at this time of year. We have not had a good
frost yet. Perhaps they were recently fed? ROS bloom from the
current year growth, not last year. This is a good time to cut them
back for bushy, sturdy growth and more flowers for next year. You can
cut them back to 3 or 4 feet tall.
Here in Mount Poocono the roses are still blooming nicely. If I could find
a girl for my son JoJo I'd be glad to have him give her the roses but he
doesn't seem very interested in girls.
he's in his 40's and still lives with me.
I think that what you're seeing are the seed pods and not new flower buds. The
seed pods look like buds, certainly. Since rose-of-sharon can be quite weedy,
you might want to cut off the pods now. (I've just done this around my
property.....I wish I'd kept up with this in recent years, for sure.)
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