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Do I deadhead my butterfly bush?

Posted by clc08 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 6, 07 at 19:06

Just got a purple butterfly bush this year and it has grown like crazy. Should I be cutting of the spent spires to encourage new ones or will it make new ones anyway? Do I cut it back this fall??? Thanks. It has been phenomenal. I have seen the most lovely butterflies...and the hummers like it too.

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RE: Do I deadhead my butterfly bush?

yes. you want to deadhead, and I wait till late winter or early spring to cut them back, I don't know why I just do and it seems to be working fine.
I love my butterfly bushes, I think they are my fav flower in the yard.
enjoy michelle

RE: Do I deadhead my butterfly bush?

Thanks, Michelle. I've been doing some very light deadheading, but now I need to get out there and get to work.

I live in Zone 5 (south of Indianapolis) so how far do I cut back next spring?

RE: Do I deadhead my butterfly bush?

I cut mine back to about a foot in the spring.

RE: Do I deadhead my butterfly bush?

Wait until they begin to leaf out in the spring....I wait until the new growth is about a foot tall, then cut the old back to meet it when I pinch the new growth.

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