cutting back a butterfly bush

jerome69(6)October 8, 2012

is it all right to cut back a butterfly bush now before winter? (buffalo n.y. area) it looks to long and is drooping. i usually wait until spring with one on the side of my house but the ones i want to cut are in the open and not protected from the wind and heavy snow.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
penny1947(z6 WNY)

If we have a typical winter you could lose your Butterfly bush if you cut it back now. In the north it is best to wait until spring.

I took care of the drooping problem with my bush by putting a very sturdy tomato cage over it in spring when I cut it back. I removed any errant lower stems and now it grows up through the cage and stays much more upright. The one on the side of the house I didn't do that so I have to remove a lot of the lower stems as they start extending out into the yard.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 1:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What do you do to keep the deer from nibbling your plants?
A gal in our garden club has had a horrible time with...
jean_mdc
Are there apples forming on your trees?
Hello, Last year I had hundreds of apples on my Granny...
lori_ny
Help with Viburnum... Wentworth Cranberrybush
Hello... I'm new to this site so please bear with me....
Greeneyezz
growing thick stocky stems on tomatoes
how do the commercial growers get their tomatoes to...
jerome69
WANTED: Group exchange in Utica/Rome area?
Hi all -- I know there are at least a few members who...
party_music50
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™