Answer: I don't think you killed your shrubs with your early pruning. Weigela shrubs bloom on the previous year?s growth, so the best time to prune is immediately after the blooming season (roughly midsummer). If you?re anxious to trim them sooner and you don?t mind missing this year?s flowers, you can prune in early spring at the first sign of new growth. Weigela responds well to a major haircut, so don?t be shy with your pruners. While they won't flower this year, they should put out some new growth a little later this spring. Continue to give your shrubs good care - water regularly and feed lightly after new growth begins. Next year wait until after blooming, then prune the stems down by about 2/3rds. This will encourage branching which will help your shrubs fill in a little more. Best wishes with your weigela!
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