How to Care for Weigela Florida Minuets

Overview

Weigela florida "Minuet" is a dense, hardy bush that grows 30 inches tall and just as wide. The Minuet cultivar has reddish foliage and red, yellow and purple flowers. This plant is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, which means it grows where the temperature does not drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has trouble surviving in the very hottest regions of the southern United States. Knowledge of how to create the right environment for the plant will help you grow a healthy Weigela florida Minuet.

Step 1

Plant the Weigela florida Minuet in an area with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Plants in the shade become straggly. This plant does not like crowding, so you must space multiple plants at least 30 inches apart.

Step 2

Water the Weigela deeply after planting. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soaked through the first growing season. In subsequent years, water only in times of drought.

Step 3

Prune the Weigela florida in summer after flowering stops but before the buds set for the next year. Cut off weak, dead and diseased branches with pruning shears. Also cut out crossing branches. You may shape the plant back to its natural form if you wish. If you do not prune, the plant can become straggly.

Step 4

Water deeply right before the ground freezes in the fall. This will prevent winter dieback and other winter injury.

Step 5

Fertilize with a complete, all-purpose fertilizer in the spring before new growth begins. Follow the directions on the label for application instructions. Each manufacturer has different instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Pruning shears
  • All-purpose fertilizer

References

  • University of Connecticut: Weigela florida
  • Ohio State University: Weigela florida
  • Michigan State University Extension: Weigela florida
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