How Do I Care for My Weigela?
You’ve chosen a Weigela, pronounced wy-JEE-lah, an easy-to-grow, deciduous, perennial flowering shrub with prolific, eye-catching blossoms and pretty foliage. Easy-to-care-for and exceptionally attractive, this simple, inexpensive flowering shrub is a good choice for enhancing your landscape. Now that you’ve got it home…what next?
Choosing a Location
First, if you don’t already know where you want to plant it, now is the time to decide. Weigela varies as far as height and width goes, depending upon the variety, so be aware of how your particular variety is expected to grow and choose your site accordingly. Your Weigela will prefer partial or afternoon shade in the hottest climates and during the hottest hours of the day at the height of the summer, though cooler climes will require full sunlight.
Weigela, as with most plants, prefers soil enriched with organic material when first planted. This provides the roots much-needed nutrients and will help your new shrub to survive the rigors of transportation and subsequent transplanting. Once established, fertilization will be up to you and to the plant. If you notice stunted growth or fewer flowers than normal, consider feeding with a slow-release fertilizer formulated specifically for flowering shrubs and trees and follow the recommended instructions for dosage. One of our customer favorites is Jobe’s Organic Rose & Flowering Shrub Fertilizer Spikes.
Though somewhat drought tolerant, your Weigela will prefer regular watering. As with your lawn, water in the early morning or evening in order to conserve water loss from evaporation. These hardy shrubs, once established, are rather hard to kill, so it is very rare to water too much, unless the plant is being regularly flooded and/or sitting in water for any length of time. Watering at the same time and the same amount as you water your lawn should be more than sufficient.
Your Weigela shrub should be trimmed back every year in late spring. Regular pruning will aid the growth of newer, healthier branches and can contribute to more prolific blooming. Simply prune those branches back that are older than two years by about one third. A sharp, clean cut is always much less stressful than sawing or bending and breaking, so having the proper tools is not only important, but will save you time and possible injury. The size of the branches to be pruned will determine whether you need a pruner or a lopper. At this time we also recommend you remove excess brush, mulch and leaves from around your Weigela shrub, allowing those close-to-the-surface roots easy access to nutrients, air and water.
Now…Simply Enjoy the View!