Re: [gardeners] Pruning Althea

David G. Smith (
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 06:13:12 -0500

I think some people down the street from us cut theirs back so that not
much but the main trunk is left.  New branches come out in all directions
from the top.  I haven't actually paid attention when they were pruned, I'm
just basing this on the way they look now (thick trunk 3-4 feet tall, with
lots of small branches and no intermediate-sized branches).

David Smith

At 09:50 PM 12/16/98 -0600, you wrote:
>Does anyone ever cut back their althea (Rose of Sharon)?
>Will it branch out at or near the point of the cut?  Or just
>put up more shoots from the roots?  I would like to make some
>of mine thicken up, and be more bush-like, but I've never 
>done any pruning on them, just let them grow however
>they felt led.
>Harry Boswell     
>USDA Zone 8