How do you prune an overgrown bridal wreath spirea?
Using bypass loppers or a small pruning saw, cut each branch as close to the ground or base of the plant as possible. As you remove each branch, step back and look at the shrub. Then remove the next branch. Repeat until you’ve cut out 1/3 of the oldest growth.
Do you cut back spirea?
You should actually prune your spirea more than once a year, at least twice. Give it a good trim after it flowers in the spring by cutting back the tips of the stems to the top leaf bud. More drastically cutting back spirea should occur in the fall or in late winter to early spring.
How do you care for a bridal spirea wreath?
Bridal wreath spirea prefers to grow in well-drained moist soil, though it is able to withstand some periods of drought. Water the plants weekly during the summer whenever rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
How do you trim spirea bushes for the winter?
Spireas are cut back to the ground so that new, healthy shoots can grow.Wait until late winter or early spring to cut back the spireas. Cut straight through each stem as close to the ground as possible so you don’t leave ugly stems protruding from the ground. Rake up leaves and other debris from around the plant base.
Does spirea bloom on old or new wood?
Spring-bloom spirea produce buds the year before they bloom, which means they blossom on old growth. These buds begin to set the autumn before they open. Meanwhile, summer-blooming types blossom on new growth, since they develop buds in the spring just a season before they open.
Will spirea rebloom if deadheaded?
Cutting three to six inches off the stems of pink-flowering spireas will improve the appearance of the shrubs and promote new growth. If your spireas didn’t get cut back in the spring you can take as much as six to eight inches off now. When deadheaded in early July the plants will flower again.
How do you take care of a spirea bush?
How to Care for Spirea Bushes. Once planted, the care of spirea requires a minimal time investment. Adding mulch around the plant will help retain moisture and regular summer watering will promote healthy blooms and growth. Prune summer-blooming spirea bushes during the winter or in the spring.
Does spirea bloom all summer?
They are beginning to bloom and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Although they bloom prior to July 4, you can prune this group of Spirea in late winter to help force new growth where this year’s flower buds will form (do not prune spring blooming Spirea until immediately after they flower).
Do spirea have deep roots?
Spirea has a healthy and reasonably deep root system, so leave about two feet of the strongest stems above ground. Dig around to find the roots and cut them back.
Should bridal wreath be pruned?
Bridal Wreath Spireas do not require pruning however respond well to it. They bloom in the spring from flower buds that formed on the branches the previous summer. Therefore, pruning in late summer, fall or winter will remove flower buds effecting the spring bloom. Older branches are darker in color and woodier.
How far apart do you plant spirea?
Spacing: Space spirea plants 2 to 15 feet apart, depending on the expected mature width of the plant and the application. To create dense, full spirea hedges, you can space your plants more closely together as long as you give them some elbow room.
How do I prepare spirea for winter?
Spread a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the base of spirea shrubs before winter weather arrives. Compost or wood chips will stabilize the ground temperature, keep down weeds and amend the soil over time. Keep the mulch 4 to 6 inches from the stems of the plant.
What time of year do you cut back butterfly bushes?
Butterfly bush, or buddleia, performs best when cut back hard in the late winter or very early spring before new growth begins. I usually do this at the same time that I prune my roses, which in my Zone 7 garden is late February or early March.