Gardening

Bridal Crown Care

Prized for its spring flowering, the bridal wreath is grown in gardens and on balconies. This shrub native to China and Japan is 2 meters high, has thin, flexible branches and slightly curved at the apex. The lanceolate leaves, 6 cm long, are serrated or slightly lobed in the terminal half, of an intense green color on the upper side and glaucous on the lower side.

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Its flowers are white, simple, one centimeter in diameter, slightly perfumed, grouped in inflorescences on natural branches. Spiraea hybrida has similar vegetative characteristics; the flowering is much more intense and attractive and in some cases completely covers the stems from the base. On the other hand, the spiraea cantoniensis has double flowers and lanceolate and serrated leaves in the upper half.

Soil, light and compost

  • Deep, fertile and well-drained soil suits it, although it adapts to different terrain conditions.
  • As for the luminosity, it thrives in sunny situations avoiding the sun’s rays at midday in summer; also in half shade. On the other hand, the plant is not very demanding in nutrients.
  • Using 150 grams of bone meal in mid-summer and 10 grams of compound fertilizer in early fall would help to improve flowering.

Irrigation

It supports quite long periods of drought. It is harmed by the waterlogging of the roots; It is watered every 5 days in the summer and does not require watering during the winter.

Spread

The bridal wreath is propagated by division of clumps in the fall or late winter; by woody cutting in the fall.

Culture

  • It is planted outdoors from the beginning of autumn because it does not tolerate frost. Dig the wide planting hole and fix the soil with river hangover or manure and bone meal.
  • It is grown in isolation, grouped with other shrubs, forming informal or geometric hedges.
  • Late frosts and spring rains often damage flowering.
  • It requires thinning pruning, removing some branches from the base in late spring and early fall. Shortening pruning encourages budding but decreases flower formation.
  • The plant with woody branches that produce little flowering is rejuvenated with intensive pruning (15 cm from the ground) carried out in mid-spring.
  • The bridal wreath is tolerant of common garden pests and diseases.
  • It adapts to porous containers more than 30 cm deep, with a substrate composed of 1/4 part river hangover and 3/4 part black soil.

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