Weigela 'Florida Variegata'
weigela / weigelia
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: pale pink
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of funnel-shaped, pale pink flowers on graceful arching stems in May and June and white-edged, grey-green leaves. Although this pretty, variegated shrub prefers fertile, well-drained soil it will thrive almost anywhere. Best pruned each year in mid-summer, it looks lovely grown in front of a sunny fence or wall.
- Garden care: Once established prune each year in mid-summer after flowering, removing one or two of the older stems to the base and cutting back the flowered stems to strong shoots below the spent flowers.
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Q:How and when should you take cuttings,if at all?xAsked on 5/29/2014 by Patsy from Hampshire uk
These plants can be propagated by softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter.
To take softwood cuttings in early summer, cut lengths of semi-ripened stems about 10cm long, removing them from the parent plant just above a bud. Using sharp secateurs or a knife, trim the bottom of the cutting to just below a leaf node and pinch out the growing tip. Remove the lower leaves and dip the base of the cutting in hormone rooting liquid or powder. Using a pencil or dibber, make a hole in the cutting compost, insert the base of the cutting and gently firm it in. Label and water well, and cover with a plastic bag and leave somewhere warm and bright, but with some protection from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. It is important that the plastic bag is removed 2 or 3 times a week for 15 minutes or so. Alternatively place in a heated propagator with a bottom heat of 18-24C. Keep the compost moist but not waterlogged and after 6 - 10 weeks your cutting should be well-rooted and you can harden them off and pot them up.
To take semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer, select a healthy shoot from this season's growth and cut a length 4-6inches long just above a node. Remove all except the top 2 leaves, cut a sliver of bark from one side of the base of the stem and dip in rooting powder. Pot up in potting compost and water well. Keep the cuttings in a humid, frost-free place, ideally with bottom heat. Rooting will usually occur by autumn.
Hardwood cuttings can be taken in late autumn to late winter. After the plant has finished flowering, select a healthy shoot from the new growth and cut it to 4-6 inches just above a node. Remove all except the top 2 leaves, cut a sliver of bark from one side of the base of the stem and dip in rooting powder. Pot up in potting compost and water well. Keep the cuttings in a humid, frost-free place. In winter they can take up to 3 months to root.Answered on 6/2/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Weigela florida 'Variegata'
Hello Today I received my order - Weigela florida 'Variegata' - excellently packed and in good condition. Fantastic service, thank you. Do I remove the coconut matting placed on top of the soil before planting? Thanks JeanAsked on 10/6/2009 by Jean Smith
A:Hello Jean, The mat can be removed as this is just a way to keep the weeds at bay while the plants are in their pots. Hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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