Caring for Rose Abelia Bushes


The scientific name for the rose abelia, or rose creek abelia, is Abelia chinensis. These evergreen bushes grow best in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 9, and are known for their long-lasting blooms, which are white with red stems. The average rose abelia bush grows 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. You will need to properly care for your rose abelia bushes to keep them healthy and attractive to both hummingbirds and butterflies.

Step 1

Trim or prune overhead vegetation to allow your abelias to bask in partial to full sun. Abelias bloom well in full sun, and can even get a burgundy tint to their leaves when they receive plenty of sunlight.

Step 2

Till the soil around your rose abelia bush and add some peat moss if the soil that you planted the rose abelia bush is not draining well. Your rose abelia bush will suffer root rot if the soil can't drain.

Step 3

Water your rose abelia bushes once per week in the winter and three times per week in the summer. You want the soil to be moist, but not soaked. It is important to follow a strict watering schedule during the first growing season.

Step 4

Fertilize your rose abelia bush each spring with a 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer. Follow all directions on the packaging label for application.

Step 5

Prune your rose abelia bush with a set of pruning shears to keep it neat and tidy looking. The best time to prune is in the beginning of the spring when the last frost has passed. In addition to pruning the rose abelia bush to the shape you desire, make sure you prune away any branches that are diseased or damaged by pests. Prune blossoms that begin to fade during the growing season to encourage new, more radiant blossoms to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller Peat moss Fertilizer Pruning shears


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