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Spring Cut Backs

Posted by lhendri479 7 Western NC ( on
Mon, Feb 25, 08 at 5:43

I just read where someone cut back their butterfly bush. Since I am a new gardener here I did not know that. I live in Hendersonville, so should I also cut back mine now? Can I transplant it now too or is it too soon to move it? Anything else I should be cutting back or trimming now?

Thank You very much group

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RE: Spring Cut Backs

Once my BFB get established, I cut them back to 12-15 inches every February. I like the look of them when they have more fullness at the bottom. My mom prefers to limb hers up more like a crepe myrtle. It is just hard for me to deadhead when the bulk of the new growth is over my head(and i am 5'11"). My white one that I had in Hillsborough would be trimmed back to 15 inches and would top out at 6 feet or so every summer so they still get plenty big even if you trim them back. I guess what I am saying is that I do not believe it is necessary for good blooming but trimming them back is an aesthetic choice for me.

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