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Re: Buddleia

I'be never been able to make a reasonable conclusion about buddleias.  The 
best one I ever knew grew in the back yard of the house where I grew up in 
the Florida panhandle.  It was a beautiful, lush plant - long before the days
of named cultivars it was a medium lavender color and bloomed profusely.
I have tried repeatedly to grow them here.  I first thought they needed the 
Florida heat, but I have seen them growing around here and they are listed
for zone 5 hardiness.  The first I tried on a dry sunny slope.  Lasted about
two years.  Then I put 'Black Knight' and 'Pink Delight' down by the pond 
where the soil is clay but nearly always moist.  Great growth the first year.
Not so great the second.  Gone the third.  One seedling that lasted one
year.  I tried a white one in a different place - didn't last but one year.  I
see them in some of the fancier towns of Westchester - maybe they are
snooty about where they grow.  They don't like it here, however.  I hate to
admit defeat, but don't think I'll plant them again.

In a message dated 06/01/2005 8:12:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
tchessie@comcast.net writes:
Well- it can't be the heat, since they grow fine here.  And mine growing 
in well amended soil (Black Knight) or utter crap next the to street and 
next to the side fence- essentially clay and gravel.  Both do fine, and 
I've moved both several times. I didn't think it was possible to kill 
the things.  So... maybe try again??


Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center wrote:

>One Buddleia davidii survived 3 yrs for me, then croaked, others never made
>it.  I even tried B. alternifolia which isn't hardy here, but limped along
>for a few years.  However, at our Display Gardens they thrive and put out
>seedlings everywhere which also thrive if you don't get them out.
>neIN Z5
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 7:56 AM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Russian sage - invasive?
>>In a message dated 6/1/05 6:01:35 AM, gardenqueen@gmail.com writes:
>><< I gave up on Buddleia too Andrea.  My soil is too rich.  They like a
>>lean sandy soil like Pat has across the street. >>
>>Pam, we do not have lean sandy soil and they do very well in our area.  I
>>have heavy amended clay.  The first one (Black Knight) I purcashed from
>>at a premium but was not available in our area then.  It has survived 14
>yrs &
>>a couple of moves.  The other one is Pink Delight and is a few yrs
>>Maybe your dry spells are not agreeable.
>>    Ceres

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