rose of sharon cutting
I took cuttings from my mother's rose of sharon this summer and put them in water. Now they are about ten inches long with roots. Should I bring them in this fall or plant them?
Shelby County Tennessee
Your rooted cutting stands a much better chance of surviving if you plant it in the ground now. There should still be enough time for the young plant to develop some new hair roots. It may be appropriate, however, to provide some blanket protection if a hard freeze is predicted in your area. Also, be sure to keep it irrigated through the autumn months.