Weigela is native to the scrubs and woodland margins of Eastern Asia.
Spring flush of flowers and variegated pink, cream, and green foliage. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Deciduous shrubs.
|Plant Types:||Perennial, Shrub|
|Light:||Partial Shade to Full Sun|
|Height:||1 foot to 1 foot 6 inches|
|Width:||1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet|
|Zones:||4 to 8|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring|
|Special Features:||Attracts birds, Deer resistant|
|Fertilizer:||Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Bloom Booster® Flower Food|
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Dig a hole one foot wider and about as deep as the plant's rootball. Do not plant too deep. Roots should be visible at the surface of the soil and the top of the rootball should be even with the surrounding soil. In clay soil, the rootball should be slightly higher.
Remove plants from their containers. Place plants in hole. Loosen roots by making four or five slashes, about one-inch deep vertically down the rootball with a knife. Then tease the roots out so they will grow into the surrounding soil. Be careful not to knock too much soil from the rootball.
Backfill with a mix of existing soil and 1/2 soil amendment thoroughly mixed. In sandy porous soils, use sphagnum (Canadian) peat moss. In dense clay or poorly drained soils, use soil conditioner (finely ground pine bark).
Water thoroughly. Then only water when the soil is dry to the touch about 1 1/2 inches or knuckle deep. Check regularly and only water when necessary.
To give your new plant a head start, use a very mild solution of water soluble root-stimulating fertilizer which is high in phosphorous and potassium.
Spreading to upright, deciduous shrubs. Weigelas do well in full sun to partial shade. Height varies depending on variety. One species will grow to about 10 ft. tall. Works well in a mixed or shrub border.
Blooms bell or funnel-shaped pink to red, occasionally white or yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
Weigelas require moderate waterings. Does best in any rich soil with good drainage.
After flowering, cut back flowered shoots to stronger lower shoots or buds. Established plants should be pruned more extensively; cut back old shoots to the base to promote new growth.
Scale insects, Japanese beetle, and root knot nematode. Other issues include wilt, and twig dieback.