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How To Grow and Care for a Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bushes are easy to grow. It’s a large shrub that produces fragrant, showy, cone-shaped ball flowers with . sprouts of purple, pink, white, etc. floretsButterflies are seen flying around these flowers to eat the nectar. Nectar is the butterfly’s favorite food and why it is called butterfly bush.

01 Zones

What zones are good for a butterfly bush? Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) are hardy to Zone 5 -8.

02 Blooming

They will bloom from mid-summer to early fall. Flowers form pretty drooping or upright spikes at the end of branches.

A Butterfly bush can grow in clay soil. You do not need to amend the soil. Plant it in natural soil. Do not add any topsoil or compost to it. Their roots are sensitive to rotting. Therefore, do not let your bush sit in water. It should be planted in well-drained soil. 

03 Soil & Water

It is best to plant in the spring. Avoid planting in the fall. This way the plant has time to get used to the soil and take root before the winter (wet season) rolls around.

04 Best Time To Plant

When do you fertilize your butterfly bush? You do not! Avoid fertilizing butterfly bush; too much fertility promotes leaf growth over flower production

05 Fertilizing

06  Prunning

Butterfly bushes must be pruned in spring to control the height and to promote growth on new wood. Pruning in the spring, after the new growth emerges works best. Never cut your butterfly bush back in the autumn.

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