Pruning Weigela - How to prune
Weigela: Advice and Information
Pruning Weigela is necessary if you want to keep the
shrub in good condition with plenty of good sized flowers and healthy
How and when to prune
your Weigela - Weigella - Weigelia!
Weigela should be pruned immediately after flowering in
early summer. As with many shrubs that flower at this time of year, they
produce flowers on wood made in the previous season (year). If you prune
your Weigela late in the year, then it will not have time in to grow
mature wood for flowering next summer. If you prune your Weigela early
in the year (before it flowers) then you will be cutting off the flower
buds that developed last year, and there will be no flowers on it until
the following year.
As soon as your Weigela has finished flowering, prune
out all of the flowered stems by about one third of their length. This
pruning will then prompt the Weigela to produce fine new shoots which
will mature through the summer and produce plenty of flower buds for the
At this time, it is also a good idea to carry out some
regeneration pruning. This is done by pruning back hard, around
one in every three main stems - right down to near ground level. New
shoots will soon develop and grow to normal size - providing a good
framework of healthy stems for future years. In subsequent years, again
prune out around a third of all the older stems.
This pruning regime will apply to all of the popular
varieties of Weigela including Weigela Abel Carriére. W. Bristol Ruby
and Bristol Snowflake, Weigela Eva Rathke, W. florida types Foliis
Purpureis (purpurea) W. florida Variegata, W. Looymansii Aurea, and all
the other weigelas that flower early - Mid summer.
By David Hughes -