Gardening Questions And Answers
A greater problem with butterfly bushes is overwatering. The shrub, especially a larger variety, grows rapidly on its own. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot and can force too much growth into stems and leaves at the later expense of flowering. In winter, water monthly or let snow and rain keep the plant healthy.
Yes! Butterfly bush will thrive in containers. Be sure to select a container that has several large drainage holes, and fill the container only with a fast-draining, light-weight potting mix. The container you select should be made out of a weather-proof material that can be left outdoors year-round.
Butterfly bush spreads by producing abundant amounts of very lightweight, winged seeds that are dispersed by wind and water over many miles. A study at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania found that a single flower spike produced 40,000 seeds. The germination rate of several cultivars was 80 percent or higher.
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a deciduous shrub with an arching habit and impressive flowers. It’s easy to grow and produces striking flower spikes. Butterfly bushes are cultivated to suit many different gardening preferences. Some can grow up to 12 feet tall, while others are relatively small.
Avoid fertilizing butterfly bush; too much fertility promotes leaf growth over flower production. In addition, it is important to deadhead the flowers just as they start to wither so that this invasive plant doesn’t spread volunteer seeds. Deadheading of this invasive is now required in many states.
If the wilting leaves are shriveled and brown, the butterfly bush is suffering from lack of water. The butterfly bush needs water during its growth season in early spring and during dry spells throughout the season. To avoid root rot, do not water during the winter season or during times of abundant rainfall.
There are a few reasons a butterfly bush will not bloom, most of them related to stress. One of the most common is improper watering. Butterfly bushes require plenty of water, particularly in the spring during their main period of growth. In the summer, they need steady watering during periods of drought.
Gently dig the butterfly bush plant up from its current location. When transplanting a butterfly bush, carefully dig up as much of the root system as possible and move to its new location for replanting. Lift the plant, roots, and soil from the ground and move them to the prepared hole in the new location.
Since butterfly bushes are deer resistant, planting them along the forest edge or in a shrub border shouldn’t be a problem. Pair butterfly bushes with Verbena bonariensis, pineapple sage, purple salvia, lantana, swamp milkweed and asters. Some dwarf varieties of butterfly bush can be grown well in containers.
The butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a beautiful, fast-growing, deciduous shrub with masses of blossoms—long, spiked trusses—that bloom from summer to autumn. Its flowers come in many colors, though butterflies seem to prefer the lavender-pink (mauve) of the species to the white and dark purple cultivars.
Holes Chewed In Leaves May Mean Caterpillars The caterpillar of the checker spot butterfly is bluish black with small orange marks. It also feeds on leaves of asters, chrysanthemums and veronica. Try to handpick as many as possible to reduce the damage immediately, especially if the infestation is just beginning.
Caring for Butterfly Bushes Water freely when in growth and sparingly otherwise. In the summer, water if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Avoid fertilizing butterfly bush; too much fertility promotes leaf growth over flower production. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage new shoots and flower buds.