How to Care for a Rose Abelia Bush


The rose abelia bush is highly praised among gardeners not only because of its sensational beauty but also because of how easy it is to care for. Rose abelia bushes are identified by their dark red or burgundy stems and soft, creamy white blooms. These shrubs grow best in light shade to full sun conditions and flower between midsummer and the early portions of fall. By following a few steps, you can easily grow and care for a rose abelia shrub in your own lawn or garden.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice as large as the root ball of the rose abelia bush, using a spade shovel.

Step 2

Fill the hole with water, and allow the soil to completely absorb the water. This will ensure a good start for the roots in their new location.

Step 3

Place the rose abelia bush into the hole and fill the hole with water again until the root ball is covered with water. Allow the water to soak into the root ball.

Step 4

Mix half of the soil that was removed from the planting hole with equal amounts of peat moss. Fill around the rose abelia bush with this mixture.

Step 5

Water the plant daily for one week, then water as needed, keeping the soil around the bush moist to the touch, not soaked. Waterlogged soil creates the perfect growing environment for fungus and bacteria that can be harmful to the plant.

Step 6

Prune the rose abelia shrub as needed throughout the growing season using sharp pruning shears. Prune away any dead or browning foliage found on the plant. Make your cut where the sickly branch joins the main portion of the rose abelia.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade shovel
  • Rose abelia bush
  • Peat moss
  • Water
  • All-purpose fertilizer
  • Sharp pruning shears


  • North Carolina Sate University: Extension Gardener: "Rose Creek" abelia
  • Florida Museum of Natural History: Abelia "Rose Creek"
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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.