Spiraea – Double Play® Candy Corn
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
Fun Facts Though you wouldn't guess it by looking at it, spiraea is closely related to roses and raspberries.
Spirea is a popular plant because it is blissfully low maintenance, and Double Play Candy Corn is no exception. It naturally takes on a nice, rounded habit without pruning. If you wish, you can give it a trim after the flowers fade, which will encourage even more colorful new growth. Double Play® spiraea are typically ignored by deer and even rabbits, and are quite drought tolerant after a year or two in the ground.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Edging Plant, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements Medium
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 60 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Summer to Fall Plant for Spring Finish
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Spring prune early before bud break, then again after flowering to produce another flush of new growth.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in the notes. Aphids can be problem.
Double Play spiraea have both colorful flowers and colorful foliage. Plants are late to leaf in spring coming out of winter dormancy. -Be careful not to prune the new growth in Spring as you will eliminate the flowers. -Using a 3-4 month slow release fertilizer may reduce the amount of flush in early Spring