Watering Weigela

Weigela is a flowering plant with broad, green foliage. This spring bloomer is easy to grow and maintain. Newly planted Weigelas need consistent water to establish a robust root system. Once the plant has settled in, Weigela does not require much water.


How To Tell If Weigela Needs Watered

The easiest way to determine if a Weigela needs water is to check the soil. When the top few inches of the soil are dry, it is time to water. If the soil is dry and cracked, the plant is likely severely dehydrated. Wilting leaves that turn yellow and brown and ultimately fall off indicate the plant is too dry.

Like all plants, Weigela needs water, but too much water can damage this shrub as much as too little water. If Weigela is overwatered, the leaves will turn yellow, starting at the tips and progressing up the entire leaf. If you notice these signs and believe the plant has been overwatered, immediately cut back on watering and allow the soil to dry out several inches below the surface before you water again.

How Often To Water Weigela

Weigela needs a nice long drink when first planted. Water deeply when the top 2 inches of soil dry out during the first growing season. Depending on the amount of sunlight and weather, plan on watering a newly planted Weigela 1 to 2 times per week. 

Once established, Weigela requires very little care. The plant may need water in a drought, but established Weigela is very self-sufficient under normal conditions and can often survive on rainfall alone.

Potted Weigela will need to be on a regular schedule for water. Containers dry out more quickly than landscape plants, so water 1 to 2 times a week depending on the soil conditions and weather.

Best Time To Water Weigela

Water Weigela any time the plant needs water, although mornings are generally the best time to water. Hydrating the plant before temperatures heat up will allow the roots to absorb more moisture and better withstand the peak heat of the early afternoon.

How to Water Weigela

Step 1 - Check the soil.

Water if the top 2 inches of the soil are dry. Wait to water if the soil feels damp.

Step 2 - Drench the soil around the plant.

Deeply water newly planted Weigela to promote a strong root system.

Step 3 - Look for signs of dehydration.

Monitor the foliage and the weather to ensure the plant does not dry out.

Weigela Watering Tips

  • Feel the soil and water when the top several inches of soil are dry.
  • Plant Weigela in soil that drains well.
  • Water deeply when the soil feels dry to promote a drought-tolerant root system.
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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 16-01-2022