Weigela is a magnificent shrub that blooms in spring, to set up as part of a hedge or as a standalone.
Wise Weigela facts
Name – Weigela
Family – Caprifoliaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 3 to 6 ½ feet (1 to 2 meters)
Exposure – sun and part sun
Soil – rich enough
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – April to June
Planting, pruning and caring it are steps that help enhance blooming and proper growth of your weigela.
Planting your weigela is an important step because it determines the proper growth and flowering of your shrub.
It is better to plant weigela in fall to favor root development before winter hits, and thus ensure proper growth in the following spring.
You can still plant until spring or even summer if the season isn’t too hot for Weigela purchased in containers or pots. However, avoid days of freezing or of strong heat.
- Weigela likes sunlit locations, to bloom well, even though a little shade is all right.
- It appreciates well drained soil and abhors waterlogged soil.
- Refer to our planting guidelines to plant your shrub correctly.
Making cuttings is the simplest and fastest method of propagating your weigela. It isn’t the easiest shrub to prepare cuttings from, but it is possible.
- Prepare cuttings at the beginning of summer with newly grown sprigs that haven’t flowered yet.
- Collect stems that are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long.
- Remove lower leaves, keeping only the two topmost pairs.
- Dip the base of the cuttings in powdered rooting agents (this is optional but very much recommended in the case of weigela).
- Place the cuttings in a sheltered place in special cutting soil mix.
- Water in order to keep the substrate moist.
- Here is the technique to prepare cuttings from your favorite shrubs.
Pruning and caring for weigela
If properly settled in, weigela requires very little care and maintenance.
How to trim weigela
When planting, snip the tips off each sprig to trigger branching, which will help the weigela to grow densely later on.
After that, maintenance pruning will work towards keeping a tight silhouette and boost blooming year after year.
- Wait for the end of the blooming to prune.
- Cut sprigs that have born flowers by about 8 inches (20 cm).
- Find our advice on pruning shrubs.
To grow a magnificent weigela
Adding all-purpose fertilizer in spring will boost growth, blooming and make the leafage magnificent.
This technique is also effective for any weigela that doesn’t bear flowers (or previously did, but doesn’t anymore).
Indeed, as years go by the substrate is exhausted and requires nutrients.
Learn more about weigela
Easy to care for, it will fit right in any flower bed, as a standalone or as a main item in a mixed hedge.
It is also possible to grow weigela in garden boxes or pots on a terrace or balcony.
This shrub is known for its resistance to diseases and insects, even though it is occasionally found to be targeted by scale insects.
This make it possible for you to forego using chemical products altogether, and you’ll thus be doing your part in protecting the environment!
Interesting weigela varieties are:
- Weigela ‘Brigela’ – particularly hardy, it stands strong down to -4°F (-20° C).
- Weigelia ‘Bristol Ruby’ – long summer blooming season and very remarkable stark red color.
- Weigelia ‘Carnaval’ – nice blooming of mottled white, pink and red.
- Weigelia ‘Red Prince’ – very ornamental bright red.
Smart tip about weigela
Mulch in summer will hinder weed growth and reduce water evaporation after watering.
- For any special question about weigela, feel free to open a discussion on the forum.
- Read through our hundreds of in-depth pages on every plant describing their diseases and smart tips on how to care for your plants best.
Weigela, an excellent hedge shrub
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Pink and white weigela by Katja under Pixabay license
Dark pink weigela blossoms by Светлана Гурьева under Pixabay license