October 12, 2016
Paramaribo - Suriname / South America
October 12, 2016
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I have found conflicting answers that Glossy abelia is hardy in zones 5-9 and some reports of 6-9.
Check with your local growers or even contact your local County Extension Office for their recommendation.
Here are links with care information and how to locate your closest Extension Office.
I couldn't find information on dividing abelia so it must not be recommended. Stems will root and produce another plant under the right conditions. Read this; https://www.gardenguides.com/88463-propagate-glossy-abelia.html
Q; How do I prune this lovely shrub which my late mother trained to resemble a small arching fruit tree.
It has a single trunk and is about 5 feet in height and resembles a small weeping willow tree when in flower. The flowering branches are heavy with beautiful Magenta trumpet like flowers and is a big attraction for bees. It’s planted in a postage size North facing garden. I have never sprayed it with insecticide [it has no pests] and I’ve just trimmed the dead branches each year and mulched and fed it.
I’ve taken 5 cuttings from the mother shrub over the years and have grown them true to the shrub appearance…they too are laden with flowers all summer long.
Can you advise me…How do I prune this shrub/tree?
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We had some Miss Lemon™ Abelia planted this spring, they are growing quickly and expanding. They are surrounded by Mondo grass and based on the landscape design I do not want them to get unruly. Can I prune them in a rounded shape? Should I put any edging around them?
Shaping is recommended in early spring, before new growth.
Pruning later in the season will leave you with no flowers; if your not worried about blooms, shape them up to the desired size.
I have planted 7 dwarf abelia’s in rich well drained soil and expected them to thrive. The soil level ph is 8 1/2 and although this is rich I have had success in the past with these plants but I also put on iron sulphate to reduce the alkalinity in the last year and thought this might have brought it down but it hasn’t. This is the second batch of abulia’s I have planted as the last batch also died. The plants are wilted an there are lots of dead stems but they do not look diseased. I am at a loss as to what to do and would love some input. Thank you. Melanie
Yes this pH is way too high for these to survive here. Try enriching the soil with organic compost, as well as adding more iron sulfate. This should correct your issue. This is a common problem with clay soil if this is the case here.
Here is a set of articles that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/abelia/