Spiraea – Double Play® Candy Corn®

Garden Height
18 - 24
18 - 30
18 - 30
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Code
Light Level
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  • Dead-Heading Not Necessary
  • Fun Facts Though you wouldn't guess it by looking at it, spiraea is closely related to roses and raspberries.
  • Foliage Interest

Resists: Deer

Maintenance Notes:

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

Bloom Time: Late Spring

Hardiness Zones: 7b

Flower Form: Specimen or Focal Point

pH: B - pH 5.8 - 6.2

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 0.6

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

Finishing Times [weeks]:

6" and Gallon Pot: 2.25": 8-10 weeks; Quick Turn: 4-6 weeks
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 2.25": 12-16 weeks

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.

Grower Tips:

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

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