Mid-to-late spring finds”Minuet” weigela (Weigela”Minuet”) covered with lavender-pink blooms. Unlike a lot of weigelas, however,”Minuet” flowers aren’t limited to spring. This dwarf weigela continues with sporadic, light flowering. Good culture, appropriate climate and timely pruning unite to keep”Minuet” blooming abundantly.

Extended Possibilities

Springtime blooms are offered by weigelas because they flower on stems that first appeared in preceding years. During fall and summer those stems develop the flower buds that make weigelas’ heavy floral display the spring. Nearly all the 1-inch-wide, trumpet-shaped”Minuet” flowers occur on old stems in spring, but”Minuet” also blooms lightly on its new stems. As the new stems develop throughout the current growing season, light clusters of reddish-purple buds look, opening to the purple-pink, yellow-throated blooms that”Minuet” fans adore. Those exact same stems develop buds that bloom.

Bloom-Encouraging Culture

Don’t anticipate”Minuet” to flower in full grandeur when it’s in partial shade. Direct sun fuels this 2- to 3-foot-tall shrub blooms. A minimum of six to eight hours of sun daily encourages flowering and fosters the leaves’ tinge. As with other weigelas,”Minuet” grows best in consistently moist yet well-drained soil. Too little or too much water leads to root issues and nutritional deficiencies that affect the plant’s growth and blooms. Flowers be less different than usual and smaller and may arrive . Avoid using fertilizer for”Minuet,” particularly high-nitrogen fertilizer; it arouses green growth in the cost of blooms.

Climate Considerations

Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8,”Minuet” flourishes in cool coastal and foothill ailments. In order for its flowers that are future the plant must harden off, or acclimate , correctly in fall. When fully dormant,”Minuet” withstands temperatures of minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit and lower, but unhardened stems experience bloom-stealing damage when temperatures hardly fall below 32 F. Reduce the plant’s supplemental watering in late fall to help impede its growth and prepare it for winter. Avoid late-season and dirt pruning. Both clinics stimulate new growth, inhibit dormancy and place”Minuet” and its spring flowers in danger.

Timely Pruning

Weigelas grow somewhat ragged. Standard pruning encourages vigor, shapeliness and blooms. Prune”Minuet” shortly after its spring flowering ends. Cut the stems back to the very first set. Cut the earliest, least flowering stems to the floor, and eliminate growth. Leave the vigorous, new stems bonus summer flowers, to provide and place next year’s buds. Pruning sacrifices the spring flush of blooms. Use bypass pruners, and sterilize its blades before and when you prune.

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