How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Butterfly Bushes
Hi, Question: 2 out of 3 of my butterfly may possibly be dead, one of which is 5 feet from the other. I'm hoping they are going to start new growth. I don't cut or prune them. I'm not sure what to do, I've read to trim them (dead head) then one article said cut them to the ground. Does any one have any different ideas or let me know what I should do. Thank you.
Hi, Rick. The best thing to do is to severely cut the bush back. The sooner the better. This type of care is done in late fall or early spring.
Not a gardener but this year decided to get a butterfly bush it was doing really well I was over the moon & exited that I managed to start growing something but it’s startling to wilt the leaves r curling what can I do ☹️
I recently planted a butterfly bush in a full sun flower bed. The flowers and leaves wilt by noon, even though they’ve been watered in the morning. The soil one inch below mulched surface is damp. Too much or not enough water?
I just purchased 2 Buddleia alternifola plants and excited to plant them but must wait until June 1st (zone 3b). I'm wondering how big these get 8n our short growing season?
One one page your writer say" Despite the “butterfly” name, keep in mind that this shrub is not a “host plant” for butterflies in that it does not support butterfly reproduction and lifecycle." When I follow the link to See plants that will attract butterflies it lists the same butterfly bush/buddleia as a plant that will feed butterflies throughout their life cycles. So which is it? Buddleia/butterfly bush good or bad?
The butterfly bush will feed butterflies. However, adults do not lay eggs on this bush. “ Host plants are plants that adult butterflies depend upon to raise their larval young. Female butterflies lay their eggs directly onto their host plant of choice since caterpillars cannot travel far to feed.”.
I live in zone 7 and received my butterfly bush today,1/20. Should I pot it and wait until the last frost before putting in the ground?