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Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!


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From:Date:Zone:
Serena05-May-04 02:33 PM EST 5a   
Rocks05-May-04 08:43 PM EST 6b   
marg06-May-04 08:06 AM EST 5b   
Kate14-May-05 06:00 PM EST 5a   
Carol15-May-05 09:14 AM EST 5a   
Dan17-May-05 05:05 PM EST   
Camille09-Jul-05 07:52 PM EST 5b   
Rocks11-Jul-05 05:54 AM EST 6b   
Dave 16-Jul-05 06:37 AM EST 5a   
Dave 16-Jul-05 06:49 AM EST 5a   


Subject: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Serena
Zone: 5a
Date: 05-May-04 02:33 PM EST

I've had a Butterfly Bush for 2 seasons now and I cannot recall when I should be seeing some signs of life- right now, here in zone 5a, everything is showing life except my BF Bush. Please refresh my memory as to when they should bud in the Spring. I know that it blooms on new wood and should be cut back significantly when the buds show. Am I just being impatient?


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 05-May-04 08:43 PM EST

I'm in zone 6b, and I've just started to see a bit of green at the base of the plant. I cut mine back a few weeks ago when we had that warm spell. Hopefully, you should see some new growth soon.


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 06-May-04 08:06 AM EST

I have three butterfly bushes. One started to grow 2 weeks ago, and the other two are just now showing signs of life. I wouldn't worry about it. Once they start growing, they really take off! marg


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Kate
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-May-05 06:00 PM EST

I too am worried about butterfly bushes. With lots of hummers and butterflies to feed I get nervous about whether these shrubs have survived the winter. Got impatient once and dug one up for dead - probably much too soon. Now I have two new shrubs - planted early last season and one 2 year old. I wonder whether I should prune them back to stimulate new growth or leave them until I see new growth and then cut them back??? Can anyone suggest?When do you KNOW it's dead?? Hopeful - Kate


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-May-05 09:14 AM EST

Mine is the same, no sign of life yet, although I cut it back a month or more ago. I am beginning to think it didn't survive the winter. However I just pulled out a rose, thinking it was dead, and I see it still has a wee bit of green. I'll put it back into the ground, but I probably have killed it. Now that I have learned my lesson, I will wait a good long time before I touch the butterfly bush.


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Dan (dan.clost@sympatico.ca)
Zone:
Date: 17-May-05 05:05 PM EST

Hi folks, Patience is indeed the key for butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii). The other common plant in this category is Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus.) These are the two most often returned plants at the nursery. They start showing up at the counter in mid-May. If you're anxious do the scratch test with your fingernail- scrape a bit of the bark off until you see green- or heartwood. Is your plant going to bud out? Probably. How do you know positively that it has bitten the dust- and this isn't easy cause the shredding bark on the butterfly bush certainly leaves you with the impression of dead- idity. We use this benchmark- three consecutive nights when the temperature does not drop below 18degC. In our 5b zone that was the second week of June. If your deciduous plant hasn't budded out by then you can reckon it is toast. (For those of you in parts of the country where three consecutives days of 18 means its high summer you're left with the scratch test. Hope this helps. Dan


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Camille
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-Jul-05 07:52 PM EST

Do you prune Butterfly Bush down in the fall. Neighbour said she does, I didn't do it last fall, so would like some advise. Thanks


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 11-Jul-05 05:54 AM EST

Camille, I've never pruned mine in the fall...I leave them be for the winter...adds some winter interest in the garden. Best time is early spring before there is any sign of growth (April). Don't rightly know if pruning them in the fall will cause a problem. Anyone?


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-Jul-05 06:37 AM EST


Subject: RE: Butterfly Bush Showing no Life Yet!
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-Jul-05 06:49 AM EST

Most of my large 3 or 4 year old plants did not come back this year. They did self seed and the seedlings are coming up all over my garden.May be they only have a 3-4 year life span and there for it might be better to prune in the spring after the seed has dropped.(I am guessing prune about mid May in Toronto area, or as soon as you see a few sprouts at the base)The seedlings ar easy to dig up and move to a prefered location in the spring.


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