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RE: buddleia, butterfly bush

I have pruned mine and cut them back to the ground.  Never had any problem
with their return.  In fact, I keep getting volunteers that I have to take
out and give or throw away.  When I get behind and haven't cut them to the
ground during winter, I have just pruned them back and they have been fine.
None of mine are fancy...I am not even sure which they are because the
variety wasn't marked...I have white, pink, and a purplish.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 06/18/2003 5:03:43 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] buddleia, butterfly bush
> Curious about my butterfly bush -buddleia something... (got four, not
> sure which one is which anymore, but I think it is black knight).
> I usually get out in the spring and prune it down to nothing. First few
> years I waited to see if it would come back to life, but always new
> branches from the ground up. This year I am running further behind than
> usual. I was going to cut the dead branches (? what are they called, not
> branches)out of all the new growth. And there is one dead branch and
> about 3/4 of the way up is a sprout! So now what! I have an almost dead
> limb with one sprout! Looks nutty. 
> So my question is - finally-  ... should I not have been pruning this
> back yearly? Will the rest of the branches come back to life?
> Always something.... just when you think you figured it out!:)
> Donna
> IL, Zone 5 where it is raining once again... first time in a week. At
> 3pm it was 92, then rain storm at 4pm, now 66.....
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