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Buddleia

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Question: 87-5201
My Buddleia has grown to seven feet but still does not bloom. Any suggestions? Michele, Edgefield, SC

Mort's Answer:
Butterfly bush will do better, if cut back to a few inches from the ground each fall or early spring. A good mulch of bonemeal, aged manure and some sand will protect it in colder climates and enrich the soil with available phosphates. Phosphorus is essential for blooming. Some soils do not free the phosphorus that are in most soils. Buddleia do not like heavy soils. If your soil is clayey, frequent cultivation should help.

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Question: 1275-2715
When should I cut back my Buddleia? Anna, Providence, RI

Mort's Answer:
Butterfly bush can be cut back in the fall or spring. You can wait until late October this fall. You can cut it to a foot from the ground. Cover the crown with peat and/or shredded leave mulch. If you suspect a mean winter (which I do), I would wait until spring. This means that the branches and leaves will protect the crown from the severity of the ice and snow.

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Question: 1360-2816
My Buddleia has grown to seven feet but still does not bloom. Any suggestions? Michele, Edgefield, SC

Mort's Answer:
Butterfly bush will do better if cut back to a few inches from the ground each fall or early spring. A good mulch of bonemeal, aged manure, and some sand will protect it in colder climates and enrich the soil with available phosphates. Phosphorus is essential for blooming. Some soils do not free the phosphorus that are in most soils. Buddleia do not like heavy soils. If your soil is clayey, frequent cultivation should help.

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Question: 279-5201
When should I cut back my Buddleia? Anna, Providence, RI

Mort's Answer:
Butterfly bush can be cut back in the fall or spring. You can wait until late October this fall. You can cut it to a foot from the ground. Cover the crown with peat and/or shredded leave mulch. If you suspect a mean winter (which I do), I would wait until spring. This means that the branches and leaves will protect the crown from the severity of the ice and snow.

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Question: 280-5201
When can I move Buddleia, Azalea and oriental lilies? Russell, Newport ,RI

Mort's Answer:
Anytime before the Buddleia sprouts leaves and/or the azalea buds swell.

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