Spiraea – Double Play® Painted Lady
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Fun Facts This plant was in our trial garden for several seasons, and everyone who saw it asked us when we were introducing it. Now, everyone can grow this splashy variegated spirea!
Spirea does not require regular pruning, but can be trimmed after flowering to encourage a fresh flush of colorful new growth. Though it should be watered regularly its first season, once it is established, spirea tolerates dry conditions quite well.
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