How to Fertilize a Monet Weigela

Overview

'My Monet' Weigela is a trademark dwarf cultivar of weigela florida and is also known by the name 'Verweig.' A spring and early summer flowering perennial shrub, it produces light pink flowers over white, green and pink variegated leaves. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8 and thrives in either sun or partial shade, in evenly moist soil and with infrequent pruning. Weigela is not a heavy feeder and needs only light fertilization once each year with a gentle formula.

Step 1

Feed your weigela shrub once each year in the spring after the last frost date has passed and the soil is warm and easily worked.

Step 2

Buy a complete and balanced slow-release granular fertilizer with a guaranteed analysis of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. This will provide equal parts nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to the soil throughout the year.

Step 3

Apply according to the product label dosing directions over moist soil. Spread the granules evenly over the surface of the soil starting at least 6 inches out from the trunk and extending to just past the drip line of the shrub. Nestle the granules into the top inch of soil with your hand or a cultivating tool.

Step 4

Water the fertilizer and surrounding soil until the top 3 to 5 inches of soil is drenched to begin percolating nutrients down into the root zone.

Things You'll Need

  • Complete, balanced, slow-release fertilizer
  • Cultivating fork

References

  • Virginia Tech University: Shrubs - Functions, Planting and Maintenance
  • North Carolina State University JC Raulston Arboretum: My Monet Weigela
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