Re: [gardeners] Pruning Althea

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 19:48:55 -0500

Hi Harry,

We had several Rose of Sharons at our first house.  We would
prune them back in the early spring or after they finished
blooming.  They would thicken up nicely, and were much
better looking after we shaped them up.  They had been
neglected for years, as the previous owner didn't know
what to do with them, so they had gotten very tall and
We also pruned them back in the winter twice, and they
still bloomed the next year.  I think they bloom on new growth,
so pruning in the fall, winter, spring didn't adversely effect
flowering the next year.  In fact, it encouraged new growth,
and caused increased blooms.

Hope this helps.   :-)

Coastal Carolina
USDA zone 8; AHS Heat zone 8; Sunset zone 31

>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