Bridal Wreath Spirea? Seed to Bloom?

dees(5 IN)May 26, 2008

I have searched to internet and can't find the answer. Does anyone know how long it takes for bridal wreath spirea grown from seed, to bloom? Thanks, for any help!

Dee

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bullthistle

A long time. Since it blooms on new growth and depending on how fast it germinates I'd say three years but you may need a microscope to see it bloom.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 5:38PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It's much quicker and easier to grow it from cuttings. They will bloom in their first year. Or have you already go the seed started?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 5:59PM
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dees(5 IN)

Well, 3 years doesn't sound bad..lol..I've read that some shrubs take 7 years..lol..... Flora, no I don't have seeds yet,but I am horrible at rooting cuttings, and I would like to have 4 or 5 to alternate with other flowering shrubs. I've read that they sucker, also, but I don't know anyone locally that has any. Thanks, for your response..You too, bullthistle.

Dee

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 7:52PM
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goodhors(z5 MI)

You might get a little faster growth trying some stem rooting. Scratch the trailing branch, put dirt over it with a rock on top, see if some rooting takes place. Forsythia do this by themselves.

I would think you could get some small spireas fairly inexpensively, yet have some height, to get your hedge going. My spirea is 3yrs old, still only about 45" tall from a nice plant root with about a foot of branches. About $6. It has gained in height and added new branches, but still has a lot of growing and filling out to do, before I have the very flowing, graceful spirea look. Somehow I thought they were much faster growers, and I now have 3 years into this one with a way bigger start than seeds. It does bloom, has since purchase. Not great this year, but winter was harsh here. Other local spirea look very nice but are more protected in town.

From seed, way too long a wait for results for me. Unless you like the challenge? Local newspapers often do free ads, you could put in a free bush removal for spirea! Get yourself something with size to start. They do have huge roots, if there is any age to them. Time or labor, which will get you the bushes you desire?!?

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 11:47AM
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dees(5 IN)

I have found a place that sells two yr. old frield grown shrubs, for a decnt price,,,Thank I will go that way...Thanks, everyone

Dee

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 11:47PM
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