During the first growing season a newly planted shrub will establish; needing light, water and nutrient. Subsequent seasons will see good growth and the plant thriving. This newly planted Weigela coraeensis var. fragrans has sent out a dominant, vigorous shoot from the base of the plant. Left to its own devices it may suffer damage in a winter storm. To prevent this, use formative pruning techniques; head back the dominant stem by two thirds of its length and shorten each of the side shoots to two buds. While there nip out the developing seed pods on the older growth, the plant does not need to put energy into developing a future generation. This will help to form a denser growing shrub and allow the production of more flowering shoots when growth commences in the spring of 2017. Compost the arising’s, adding to your compost heap means more organic matter that can be returned to the soil in the future.
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