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Weigela Florida bushes are one of my favourite shrubs for the garden.
They attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Planted in well drained soil and a sunny location they will give you great pleasure with the blooms that emerge in late spring and early summer. They can tolerate partial shade but flower best in full sun.
Weigelas are moderate growers with a dense compact roundish shape that can be planted as a standalone specimen shrub or mass planted for a stunning hedge.
I have been growing my Minute Weigela in a container for the past couple years and it is doing great.
You will need a large container with good drainage and a well draining potting soil.
They are easy to grow in a container but do require more watering when we haven’t received any rain for a while.
They will also benefit from some slow release fertilizer in the spring. After the first year or so in a pot they won’t have the nutrients they need to produce their beautiful flowers.
Weigelas are a plant that will benefit from pruning. Pruning them right after they are done flowering is the best time because they bloom on old wood.
I usually prune mine around the beginning to middle of July. If you wait until August you are risking cutting the blooms off for next season.
No need to remove spent flowers as it will keep blooming. Sometimes they may re-bloom into the fall.
I have pruned my shrubs in July and noticed they do sometimes bloom again in August and September.
If these shrubs are not pruned, they form a graceful arching habit towards the ground.
Below is the different variety that I grow and propagate.
These bushes are low maintenance and are said to be deer resistance.
Applying mulch around the plants will help prevent weeds and also help to keep moisture in as they like moist, well drained soil.
Not in the Weigela florida family but definitely worth mentioning and one I do offer in my plant nursery.
Weigela florida will look awesome in any landscape with it's continuous blooms all summer long.
Nobody likes the thought of having something bad happen to their Weigela florida plants but sometimes it just happens. Most pests and diseases can be fixed pretty easily but once in a while you need to take drastic measures.
You should always try natural organic ways to treat pests and diseases. It’s better for the plants and for the environment.
Pests for weigela florida
Aphids – these tiny bugs love to drink the sap from your plants. They come in different colour and make the leaves and stem turn yellow and die. They are soft body bugs and easy to kill. Read more of Aphids and how to control them.
Japanese Beetles – nasty little greenish coloured beetles that will devour the leaves of your plant until all that is left is the veins. They can consume a plant in about a day if they are not controlled. Read more about how to identify and control them.
Mealybugs – small white soft body cotton like bugs that like sucking the sap from the leaves of the plant. They are easy to control and you can read more about them here.
Spider Mites – Microscopic spiders that are very hard to see without a magnifying glass. This is another common garden pest that will suck the sap out of the leaves. Read more about controlling them here.
Diseases on Weigela florida
Anthracnose – small brown spots will appear on the older leaves towards the bottom and eventually the leaves will fall off. Sometimes anthracnose will appear as small brown sunken marks on the leaves.
To help control this disease, remove any infected branches and clean up soil of any debris.
Black Spot – If you see black spots on the leaves of your plants than it could be black spot disease. You will need to remove and clean up any infected areas and dispose of them n the garbage. You should also spray the plant with a fungicide to prevent it from coming back.
Botrytis – If it’s been cool and moist, you can get this gray mold developing on the leaves of your plant. It invades any weakened or dead plant tissue and will eventually invade the good health tissue of the plant. Using a fungicide will help with controlling this disease.
Powdery Mildew – if you see white fuzzy stuff on the leaves of your plant than you probably have powdery mildew. If it doesn’t get really bad I wouldn’t worry about it. If it starts taking over your plant you can apply a fungicide to help control it.
Rust – leaves of plants look like small light brown circles when it first appears and if not treated with a fungicide will continue to expand over the leaf until it kills the leaf and it falls off.
Here are a few ways to use these amazing shrubs in your landscape
Keep checking back as I just might be adding more of these special plants to my landscape.