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When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

Posted by dawnstorm 7/MD (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 16, 09 at 20:55

Mine look like Woodstock refugees, plus I intend to move them in the spring. I've always heard that winter is the best time for pruning, but is that true? I don't know the names of my bushes, but two are white and two are lavender.
Thanks much.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

We prune ours severely down to about 2 feet from the ground , I believe in february, when spring arrives it sprouts new growth up so fast !! We could almost see it grow inches every day it seemed to... about 12 feet in height ! It was beautiful , the bees and butterflies love it ... I can't wait till spring !


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

Jan/Feb. Down to 2 feet or even less. Or maybe try three feet.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

The key is that it needs to be dormant. I do mine some time around Feb or March. Same time I do the Crape Myrtle and Pee Gee Hydrangea.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

I prune mine late fall-it's not quite dormant but the flowers are all dead. Mine is near a fishpond-I don't want the dead leaves to blow into the pond during winter.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

My deer decided the best time was last late last fall after other foliage had died off. Right now (1 March) they are getting around to pruning the spruces.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

DO IT NOW! Don't delay like I did last year - I have two 10-ft tall butterfly bushes now. They're waaaay out of control. I'm waiting for a "good" day (I'm undergoing chemo right now so I tire out early - see MAGTAG 2009 post) to tackle this.

Actually, you might want to wait until this predicted sleet storm is over with, come to think of it.


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RE: When's the best time to prune a butterfly bush in this area?

I hope you got your butterfly bush pruned. There is one in my neighborhood I admired last year that was the size of a small tree. The weight of the snow on the branches last week cracked half of it right off!


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