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merlin2017
Jun 18, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Hello

we moved to a new place 2 years agao and there is a weigela bush , last year it bloomed nice and after the last winter the bush never grew any leaves this spring just 2 branches have leaves and 1 has a couple flowers on the bottom of the bush .
We have been told this bush has been there for a long time.
Not sure what happened ( the location is on the south side our climate is 5bvery good soil ).
Hope some one can help.
thank you
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Yorkshirelass
Jun 19, 2017 7:56 AM CST
You don't say how big the Weigela is.
Do you think it may be a very old shrub coming to the end of it's days? Alternatively it may be lacking water, especially if the seasons have been drier than usual (or there are thirstier plans in the vicinity which have taken up what moisture there is)
I would be inclined to prune out the old wood, give it a well-balanced feed (e.g.Growmore 7:7:7) and cross your fingers that it may spring back into life next year - every plant deserves a chance, live or die!

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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Jun 19, 2017 4:15 PM CST
merlin - I don't know how your winter was but, even though overall we had a mild winter, there was a vicious cold snap the beginning of December after a warm and long fall. I had winter-kill damage to two Weigelas that have been in the ground for years. A couple of low-growing azaleas and a Pieris were also damaged. Funny thing is that they're all in a straight line, north to south. I did prune out the affected branches and they're currently showing new growth.
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sooby
Jun 19, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Several Weigela in one location here died back over winter while others in different spots were fine. I just cut out the dead branches. They've done it before and always regrew from the base when that happened.
Name: Sharon
Canada (Zone 2b)
Candsgee
Jun 19, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Merlin. Our weigela was appearing to do that as well this year and I just watered it like crazy. Our winter snow was very little so it probably didn't get enough moisture.

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