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Little Princess Spirea

Posted by scout21a 5-6 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 28, 08 at 11:09

I have several little princesses in my yard and some have a lot of dead branches on them with some having a little life. What should I do? are they salvagable?


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RE: Little Princess Spirea

I think you are talking about the little Japanese spirea, which get the pink flowers, stay about 30" tall.

If so, you can prune these sharply each spring. I try to cut mine before leaf buds get going to save plant's energy for regrowth. You can still cut them if leaves have started, just remove less stick.

I take off about 6 inches, but mine have no leaves when trimmed. If the leaves are bigger than your fingernail, I would only take 3-4 inches off. Take out any dead sticks, thin out the middle area. This lets air move around more easily, preventing problems and dead stick (no leaves) centers in bush.

I find my Japanese spireas bloom very well with this program. I also get real good color in the leaves, with bush being quite thick all season. I have the Lime and Gold Mound bushes in two locations for their color. Pruning seems to aid color intensity as well.


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RE: Little Princess Spirea

Little Princess is a variety of Spiraea japonica, and is not so little as the name implies. Cut back to nearly ground level in early spring(too late now) to rejuvenate.

Steve Galehouse


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