should butterfly bush cuttings be indooors or out/

kvbchJuly 29, 2013

I'll be starting some Butterfly Bush cuttings this week -- using rooting hormone and pearlite and a mist dome....should I put the cuttings down in my cool, dark basement until they take?
Or, leave them outside??

Many thanks.

Southern Illinois

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seil zone 6b MI

I've never rooted butterfly bush but I do all my other cuttings outside in the sunlight. You just have to be vigilant about keeping the soil moist.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 11:30AM
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Hi, Kevin

Last June, I took a 6 inch cutting from a butterfly bush that was growing randomly in an abandon parking lot.

I used rooting hormone and put it in a pot with regular potting soil.

I kept it on the north side of my yard where it got bright shade and no direct sunlight.

I kept the soil moist by watering every few days. That September, I planted it. It's now over 5 feet tall and has several blooms. Unfortunately, beetles were eating most of the blooms. I may still get a bloom or two.

Good luck on your cuttings,

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 3:13PM
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