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hello, I have a lovely Weigela that has been in the same place for quite a number of years now. it used to get full sun but since we built my new shed, it needs to be moved to another part of the garden. I hard pruned about 2 years ago and last year (before new shed) it put on a lot of new top growth and flowered as well. the new growth is quite splindly because it grew from the pruned older branches.

my question is this -- if I cut down some of the spindly branches so that we can dig it out without getting whipped by them, and re-plant it, will the shrub survive ???   

many thanks



  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    I once cut a very old one down to one foot in height and it grew well but I lost one year's flowers. I don't see any problem, therefore, with you cutting it back and moving it.

    others may know otherwise.

    SW Scotland
  • shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 191

    really ??? interesting, I may be able to get away with trimming it a bit more then !!!

    thank you

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,049

    In my experience, providing it's not a really old shrub, you can cut a weigela really hard back as if coppicing. Then you can move it to it's new home, feed with F B & B and mulch and keep the base clear of grass and weeds and in a years time you'll have a rejuvenated and happy  shrub. 

    Last edited: 11 January 2017 18:02:55

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 191

    Whoo hoo even better image

  • I have done as Dove says and cut down a large weigela and moved it to a new site, It had a new lease of life and grew really well for over 20 years, until Honey Fungus took over the border where it was growing. I've got some cuttings from it though!

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