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How to Grow Weigela Wine and Roses

By Katelyn Lynn ; Updated September 21, 2017

Wine and roses weigela is a hybrid of the old-fashioned weigela shrub known as weigela florida. Weigela wine and roses is a deciduous shrub that can grow to between 4 and 6 feet tall and is hardy in the USDA Zones 5 to 8. It's recognized by its striking wine- to burgundy-colored leaves and pink, trumped-shaped flowers. When planting weigela wine and roses, make sure it's provided good drainage and full sun for maximum growth and blossoms.

Dig a hole twice the width and depth of the container in which the weigela wine and roses plant is growing. If you're planting more than one shrub, space each of the planting holes 6 to 8 feet from one another.

Mix a 5-gallon bucket full of aged manure, compost, leaf mold or any other similar natural material into the soil you removed from the planting hole.

Remove the weigela wine and roses plant from its container by laying it on its side and using a trowel, small rock, or hammer to tap downwards along the rim of the container, then sliding the container off the root ball.

Loosen entangled or matted roots on the root ball using your fingers, then place the weigela wine and roses into the planting hole. Make certain the plant is sitting level and straight, then scoop in soil until the hole is about half full.

Pour enough water into the hole until it's about three-quarters full. Let all the water dissipate before proceeding. Scoop in soil around the entire root ball to fill the hole full of soil.

Fertilize the weigela wine and roses ten to fourteen days after planting. Use a granular, slow-release fertilizer, such as 12-12-12. Read the instructions carefully, then dilute the spread rate of the fertilizer in half. Make sure you water thoroughly after the application of fertilizer.


Things You Will Need

  • Weigela wine and roses plant
  • Shovel
  • Organic material
  • Trowel


  • Weigela need good drainage. To check the drainage in the planting area, dig a hole two feet wide, by two feet deep. Then pour enough water into the hole until it is full. If the all the water has not drained away within an hour, you should consider planting the weigela wine and roses in a container or raised bed.
  • The best time to transplant weigela, is in the fall, or in early spring.
  • Cheryll Greenwood Kinsey, of the Washington State University Whatcom County Extension, suggests pruning back weigela by as much as 1/3 directly after the plant blooms. This will encourage vigorous growth and a thicker, denser growing habit.

About the Author


Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture.