Top Questions About Abelia Plants

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Questions About Abelia Plants

Asked by
nichkat1 on
April 15, 2012

Q. What is causing my Abelia bushes to lose their leaves?

These plants are 7 years old. Something is causing the leaves to fall off.

Answered by
Heather on
April 22, 2012
Certified Expert
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Plants can lose leaves for a number of reasons such as disease, pests and environmental issues. If you are unsure which it is, then try treating the plant with a fungicide, a pesticide and double check that it is getting all the water and nutrients it needs. I personally like to treat plants with neem oil as it is organic and is both a fungicide and a pesticide.

This article may also help too:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/plant-dropping-leaves.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 15, 2014

Q. salt in your well water

We have high sodium water. Will abelia or althea grow in zone 7?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 16, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Both of these plants are salt tolerant and should do well where you are.

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Asked by
cakegroove on
April 2, 2015
5A/6B

Q. Twist of Orange Abelia

I live in Ohio and planted 2 of these shrubs last fall. We watered them frequently taking care to not overwater them. Over the winter both shrubs have dropped all their leaves and I don’t see any sign of any new ones emerging, as spring is upon us. I’m unfamiliar with this type of shrub and am curious if our harsh winter killed them, or do they sprout leaves later spring/early summer?

Answered by
shelley on
April 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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It is normal for abelias to lose half or all their leaves during winter in colder regions such as yours, but new leaves should reappear in the spring once things truly start warming up. The best thing I can prescribe at this time is patience.

For more information on growing abelia, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/abelia/planting-abelia-bushes.htm

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Asked by
mj.fel on
July 9, 2016
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Q. Abelia

11 year old abelias in full sun, too large, do not bloom till late summer, and then not heavily. These were supposedly Little Richard Abelia put in by a landscaper. Should I cut them way back next winter?

Janie

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Pruning is best done in the winter when the plants are dormant.
Since yours are well established it may be a good idea to go ahead and remove some of the old growth. This should help get the shrubs in better shape and should encourage flowering.
Do not remove more then 1/3 of the plant at any prune.
You can also fertilizer with an Azalea fertilizer, twice a year-late February and early June is a good time to fertilize.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/abelia/planting-abelia-bushes.htm

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Asked by
Barb Losie on
August 1, 2016
Toledo Ohio. Zone five

Q. Abelia

I can find no info about YELLOW FLOWERING Abelia. We have them intermixed with pink flowered plants at my church. I gathered seeds of both colors to plant in my yard [zone 5). Can I plant the seeds now? Blessings.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 2, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Abelia can be propagated by cuttings.
Seeds are sterile and will not produce.
There are many varieties of Abelia that are yellow in color including the varieties Lemon, Super Gold and Golden Anniversary to name a few.
Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/abelia/planting-abelia-bushes.htm
https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/plant-propagation-by-stem-cuttings-instructions-for-the-home-gardener

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Asked by
michaelinag on
August 8, 2016
Chuckey TN 37641 zone 6

Q. Abelia

What type of fertilizer does an Abelia need and when do I apply it?

Answered by
kh0001 on
August 9, 2016
A.

Amending your soil with organic matter will actually be better for your Abelia than straight fertilizer. There's a link in this article that may help you learn what to amend your soil with:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/abelia/planting-abelia-bushes.htm

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Asked by
1stBudman on
September 1, 2016
Tucson

Q. What is wrong with this Abelia?

I have three Abelias in my backyard. Two of them are doing quite famously, but one seems to be languishing a bit.

– All three are on the same sprinkler system and receive the same amount of water.
– One of the two flourishing plants gets the same amount of sunlight (all day until late afternoon).

I’ve attached photos, one shows the plant I’m concerned with and the other shows its companion get gets the same amount of sun.

Answered by
1stBudman on
September 1, 2016
A.

For some reason that escapes me, the photo of the Abelia which is failing to flourish did not post.

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