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Pruning Butterfly Bush

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2006
by mountaingirl1 on March 22, 2006 05:33 AM
I did not prune my butterfly bushes in the fall. In the winter the leaves dropped. In late Feb. they leafed out. Some of the foliage has been nipped and has begun to leaf out once again. Should I prune them now?
by johnCT on March 22, 2006 09:41 PM
I always cut my buddleias back to six inxches or so in late winter/early spring. I did it a couple weeks ago here.

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John - Zone 6
by patches1414 on March 23, 2006 04:36 AM
I'm in zone 5 and I pruned mine back about two weeks ago.

patches [kitty]

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by peppereater on March 23, 2006 02:38 PM
Butterfly bushes are very forgiving. Some cut them to the ground in late winter, or do as John does. I have never pruned mine, except for dead wood and deadheading. There's no wrong way, really...hard pruning promotes more flowering.

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by johnCT on March 23, 2006 11:24 PM
I've always also felt the need to deadhead my buddliea. The spent flower blooms make the shrub look terrible and these plants are scraggly(is that a word?) enough by themselves.

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John - Zone 6
by kyjoy on March 31, 2006 07:51 AM
The more you deadhead, the more they bloom. They also bloom longer.

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