How to prune the Ms. Ruby Butterfly Bush?

ThirwellMarch 24, 2013

I have a proven winners Ms. Ruby Butterfly Bush and I planted it last spring and it has done very well. I was getting ready to prune it and wondered if anyone has experience with the Ms. Ruby?

The Proven Winner's site says this: "Prune in late winter or early spring. In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy."

So the question I have is should I cut it back to the ground or leave some of the main branches in tact?


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I have done both! Cutting it all the way back keeps it at a more reasonable size. One year I pruned one to look like a bonsai. That was pretty neat.
It seems that you can't kill the things, so don't be afraid to give it a hard prune.


    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 4:48PM
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Thanks girlcat! I'll be cutting it back this week as soon as the snow clears out.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 7:18PM
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Tony G(5a)

Hi, I'm in Minnesota but I grow Miss Ruby also. I pruned down to about 6 inches and it came back great. Hopefully it survived another winter! Good luck with yours, Tony

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 10:43PM
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