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by catlover on April 21, 2005 06:43 PM
[flower] Email question from Deborah!

Hi. I was wondering if anyone can help me. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and planted 5 butterfly bushes last fall in full sun and excellent soil. So far, this spring, I don't see any signs of emerging growth. I have read that butterfly bushes bloom in late summer until frost, but shouldn't I at least see some greening up at this point? Thanks in advance for your help.

Deborah

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by phoenix on April 21, 2005 06:59 PM
[wayey] hello again

i have a purple emperor butterly bush that has not "started" yet either. i cut all the dead wood off from last year too,hoping that that may help it come back quicker ( i think i'm a little impatient) i have mine in a big planter pot. so i'm not too sure it's roots wintered well [tears]
but i'm hoping that within the next couple of months we will see some activity [grin]
let us know how it turns out

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by BFVISION on April 22, 2005 03:27 AM
[wayey] Have no fear, it will be back [Love] . I live in northern zone 6 and worried about the same issue last year. It seems in the colder climates they sleep a little bit longer [nutz] . As was mentioned, trim it back pretty good and you will soon see little green shoots emerging from the base. Mine hit last weekend and even got a few on old wood. They really are great plants and the seeds will have new ones springing up everywhere [gabby] .

Good Luck
BFVISION

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by PAR_Gardener on April 23, 2005 08:49 AM
Catlover/Deborah,

I'm a cat lover too [kitty] , and I live in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. Ditto with the other posts. I just did some spring cleaning where I cut out the woody stems from last year. I think there was some new growth just starting this past weekend when the weather was in the 80s. Of course it's supposed may snow tomorrow. [scaredy]

You said that you planted your butterfly bush in the fall. Were the plants dormant when you planted? I've planted all my butterfly bushes in the spring, so I don't know if that will make a difference. Native butterfly bush is very hardy. Special breeds may not be as hardy, but we'll find out in a few weeks.

I'll keep you posted on my butterfly bushes if you keep me posted on yours. I'll try to take a few pictures as soon as they sprout.

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