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Hibiscus – Purple Pillar® – Rose of Sharon – Hibiscus syriacus

Garden Height
120 - 192
Spacing
24 - 36
Spread
24 - 36
Habit
Upright
Container Role
Thriller
Flower Size
Tall
Flower Colors
Purple
Light Level
Sun
Proven Winners

Attracts: Bees

Resists: Deer

Continuous Re-Bloom

Drought Tolerant

Fun Facts The flowers on Purple Pillar rose of Sharon are semi-double, which means that they have two or more layers of petals, but that the stamens and pistil are still visible in the center.

Heat Tolerant

Long Blooming

Maintenance Notes
The narrow habit of Purple Pillar rose of Sharon means it creates few to no branches, so little to no pruning is required. If you want to prune it, do so in early spring. In areas that experience snow fall, avoid planting it where it might be dumped on by snow falling off of the roof - yours, or your neighbors.

Needs Good Drainage

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Low

Blooms On New Wood

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point

pH C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 1.5

Fertilization 100 - 200

Light Requirements High

Water Requirements Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature 70 - 75° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information

Plant in spring for Summer Finish. 1 ppp.

Pinching and Growth Regulators

With liner grown plants, to encourage branching, soft pinch when the shoots are 2-3 inches long leaving 4-6 leaves on each branch. Allow at least 6 weeks from pinching until the desired bloom date. If using liners in larger pot sizes, additional pinches may be necessary.

With bare root grown plants, pinch when new growth is 4-8 inches tall, leaving 4 to 6 leaves below the pinch. Allow at least 6 weeks from pinching until the desired bloom date.

Plants grown outdoors should not need growth regulator applications.

When grown in greenhouses, spray multiple applications of the tank mixture of B-Nine at 3750 ppm and Cycocel at 1000 ppm or Sumagic alone at 7.5 ppm.

It is best to begin PGR applications about 3-5 days following a pinch and apply them at 7 day intervals, if additional control is necessary.

Pest and Disease Management

Standard pest and disease practices as stated in the notes.

Aphids, spider mites and whiteflies may be problematic, scout and treat as necessary.

Grower Tips

-Plant the crown (where the roots meet the stem) just below the media surface. Bare root plants will have woody stems that can be several inches long, these will be above the ground.

-These are heat loving plants and they can be grown up to 80 degrees, just be sure the plants do not dry out.

-High light produces better branching, more flowers per plant and shorter plants.

-Never allow the plants to wilt or lower leaf yellowing, bud abortion and lower quality will result.

-These are vigorous plants and proper plant spacing is necessary for high quality plants, do not overcrowd.

-Summer Storm is a dark foliaged plant, however, the foliage color only develops with direct sunlight.

-Bare root plants can usually be potted and grown directly outdoors in late spring. Protect the plants from extreme cold as needed.

-Bare root plants should be used only in 2 and 3 gallon containers.

-Liners can be grown in gallon or larger containers. If using liners in 3 gallon containers you may want to use 2 to 3 liners.

-In climates with very mild winters, plants may be very late to emerge from dormancy.