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Butterfly Bush

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Question: 652-4811
My butterfly bushes did well this year. My purple is about 6-8 feet high and the yellow one is about four feet. Should I cut them back and cover them? Dottie, Griswold, CT

Mort's Answer:
Your purple is probably Buddleia davidi, which is the most hardy. It can take a two foot haircut, especially if the top is pendulous. The golden butterfly may not be as hardy. I would cut it back a foot and make a tent for it. Three or four laths can make good tent. Wrap the lathing with burlap. You can staple the burlap to the laths. In a few years as the plants get more woody you could dispense with the tent.

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Question: 837-4212
I have some butterfly bushes that have grown up among my lily of the valley. They are a foot tall and some are close together. Can I dig them up in clumps after removing the lily of the valley? I want to give them away. Ann, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
It will be tricky but not impossible. Plants that are at least six inches away from another butterfly will probably have their own root. Clumps can be dug out whole and cleaved like a pork chop. Place the clump on its side and be sure to get some root, with each section. After relocating your donee can cut back the new plants to six inches. This will accelerate new root growth, an essential step for new plants. You might want ask if you can also donate the lily of the valley, as well.

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Question: 1020-3913
I want to cut back my butterfly bush and transplant it. When is the best time? Arleen, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
It would be better to wait until the leaves start to drop. This will improve chances for a good transplant. Cutting back the branches and the roots will strengthen both. Try to get a ball when you dig out the plant but do not be discouraged, if you cannot get it.

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Question: 1182-4214
My purple flowering butterfly bush is eight feet tall. Can I cut it back now or in the spring? Sandy, Windham, CT

Mort's Answer:
Buddleia sets flowers in the spring for summer. I would ordinarily recommend recommend a fall cut back for butterfly bush. Because we are subject to severe winters like this past one, I would wait until early spring to cut it back a foot to strengthen the stems. If it is drooping, you can cut back two feet. B.davidi will grow to ten feet.

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Question: 291-5201
Should I cut back my Butterfly bush? Evelyn, Old Saybrook, CT

Mort's Answer:
I would leave the plant, if I expect a mild winter. The roots will survive in zone 6 and can be cut back in the spring. It is not necessary to cut them back but most folks do in the fall.

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