best month to prune butterfly bush

jilliebean9700(7a)January 23, 2012

i read early spring late winter. however, being that our weather warms up here so quickly, when is the BEST month to prune these? is feb to early?

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

February is just fine. We'll have cold, we'll have warm and buddleias bloom on new growth. Even after first bloom, if you remove the spent tips you can encourage new growth and bloom during the season.
They're pretty durable plants once they settle in.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 5:37PM
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thanks! mine did so wonderful last year i didnt want to kill them,or shock them

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 2:15PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

jilliebean, the only things you don't want to prune for sure at this time of year are things that are hollow stemmed like salvias. Opening that hollow to rain then frost channels the wet to freeze the root/root rot.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 1:14PM
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I prune mine when I need the cuttings for pea steaks. Which means right about now, because it's pea planting time.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 3:02PM
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