Butterfly bush

linger1267(6)April 7, 2013

I just bought my butterfly bush last year, so I'm new at pruning it. When is the best time to prune it and how much do I prune back?

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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I have found the safest time to prune a butterfly bush is in the spring after all danger of frost has past when you see new leaves emerging. Prunning it too early could kill it.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:30AM
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Thank you. How far back do I prune it?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:06PM
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I have raised many butterfly bushes. If we have a mild winter, new growth can occur all along the stem and you can wind up with a huge bush. Ususally I trim my bushes back to about 6" to 12" toward the end of April. The branches make good supports for things like peas.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 2:22PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I also cut mine back to about 6 - 10 inches if the trunk isn't too large for my pruners.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 10:56AM
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