Sonic Bloom Red Weigela

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Weigela Sonic Bloomâ„¢ (Weigela florida 'Bokrasopin') PPAF
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One of the top 20 best selling shrubs for 2018! Get ready for the Sonic Bloom! The Sonic Bloom Red Weigela has lipstick red flowers in the masses in May and a strong re-bloom during the summer (April-June), which makes this plant a showstopper. It's a premium flowering shrub. Weigela want full sun and good drainage for best flowering. At its maturity it grows to be around 4-5' tall and wide. This beautiful shrub will definitely attract hummingbirds to you garden, which is an added bonus!

Planting & Care for Weigela Plants

Preparation

  • Hardy to -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Most varieties flower best if planted in full sun. Shield them from strong wind, too, which can damage flowers and “burn” soft, new leaves.
  • Encourage vigorous growth by setting plants in well-drained soil, including chalk, enriched with plenty of well-decayed manure.
  • Plant March-November

Opening Plant Material

  • Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 

Planting

  • Weigela can be planted in March - November.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Prune in July
  • Keep bushes young and packed with blossom by removing from the base one in three of the oldest flowering stems when blooms turn fade.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Hardy to -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Most varieties flower best if planted in full sun. Shield them from strong wind, too, which can damage flowers and “burn” soft, new leaves.
  • Encourage vigorous growth by setting plants in well-drained soil, including chalk, enriched with plenty of well-decayed manure.
  • Plant March-November
  • Flowers from April to June
  • Pale green capsid bugs, about ¼ inches long, suck sap from shoot tips and secrete a toxin that kills cells. When leaves unfold, damaged areas become ragged holes. Control by spraying with pirimiphos-methyl or fenitrothion when symptoms are seen. Be sure to follow all labels instructions when applying any chemicals.
  • Pruning can be done in July
  • Keep bushes young and packed with blossom by removing from the base one in three of the oldest flowering stems when blooms turn fade.
  • The shrub is reliable and hardy. Grows to be 4-5 feet across. 

How to plant containers

 

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-8

Bloom Time: April - June
Color: Green, Red
Plant Size: 4-5' tall and wide
Flower Color: Lipstick Red
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: No
Native: No

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