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Old 03-03-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I live in a different area of NC from where I grew up and learned to work in a garden and/or the yard. I can take care of most things in my yard, but can somebody tell me what to do with some mature wigeleia (wigleia?) in my yard? and some spirea?

They are lovely, and do very well where they are -- I think the yard was professionally landscaped years ago. They have bloomed less this past year, and I don't know what to do with them.

When to prune? How much? The wigeleia are huge, but beautifully free-forming. When to feed? What kind of fertilizer? Should I have been cutting these back every fall -- the wigeleia and/or the spirea?
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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It took me several years to give an old spirea the fountain effect I desired!

I think when you prune depends on when the plant blooms. I had a bridal veil spirea, which blooms on old wood, and pruned and thinned it -- hard for the first year or two, because it had been neglected (looked like it was having a bad hair day!) -- after it bloomed in mid-spring. I cut a few of the oldest stems out from the base of the plant each year.

If it blooms in summer on new wood, prune it in early spring.
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