color of flowers on neon flash - Knowledgebase Question

wappinger falls, ny
Question by emilyccl
July 9, 2006
i am new to gardening. the local gardening center recommended the neon flash to me because of its easy care. the flowers were at first pink like in the pictures i see on the internet. now they are all brown. is this normal? am i supposed to cut them back when they are brown?


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Answer from NGA
July 9, 2006

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Yes, this is normal for Spirea japnica "Neon Flash". The individual flowers usually do not last more than a short time. Then they fade and eventually turn brown. You can trim them off by lightly shearing the plant, this will help it look tidier. If well watered (soil should be damp like a wrung out sponge, not saturated/sopping wet and not dried out) and healthy, the shrub should rebloom again later in the summer. Each year in very early spring, cut the shrub back to remove winter damaged stems; very early spring is also the time to shape it and control its size.

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