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RE: Buddleia

"little flying lobsters" - that's great, Maria!  I'll never to be able
to look at a sphinx moth again without chuckling. :)

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Maria Olshin
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:03 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Buddleia

I have had B. davidii "Pink Delight" for three years now, and usually
wait until I see where the new growth is coming from before cutting it
back, usually  to 12"-18". Last year it made 7 feet and the bloom was
spectacular, with hordes of butterflies and sphinx moths (little flying
lobsters). This past winter the temp dropped to -120 and it died to the
ground. It's coming back from the roots, slowly, in clay soil.

Maria NE PA, zone 5b

> WOW, now this is a surprise to me.  I've never had any luck with the 
> Buddleias.  Had tried various different types for years and years.  
> Had the same
> problems as you, Kitty.....spindly growth, then eventually died.    I
have two
> now
> that do very well, the B. lindleyana, has smaller bloom drupes than
> hybrids and suckers;  and B. marrubiifolia (which is a native to Tx.)
> round 
> yellow blooms.  These two do well.
> Just wondering..... I seriously thought that anyone zone 8 or lower 
> could probably grow the Buddleia with no problems. That it perhaps was

> a heat problem since I tried various soils.  Wonder what the 
> similarities are that we were not
> able to grow it, and what DOES it need to grow??   Anyone grow the
> davidii successfully??
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 6/18/2003 11:02:46 PM Central Standard Time, 
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>> Donna,
>> I've never had much luck with Buddleias. B.davidii cultivar came back

>> 3 yrs in a row then died, but it was always spindly looking. It was 
>> my understanding that it was to be stooled not cut to the ground, but

>> maybe that's wrong and why mine didn't perform well.  I also tried B.

>> alternifolia, but it died to the ground 2 years and then just 
>> disappeared. Less hardy than davidii.
>> Meanwhile, even though I personally don't need the rain, send it this

>> way to arrive about Friday.  It's my week to water the nursery beds 
>> at CES. Yesterday's downpour should keep things nicely moist until 
>> then, and Sunday begins someone else's turn.
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