The Q&A Archives: Transplanting butterfly bushes

Question: I recently purchased two beautiful butterfly bushes that are about 24

Answer: You should be able to plant your butterfly bushes in the ground now. Dig a hole just slightly larger but just as deep as the nursery containers. Rough up the sides of the hole and then turn the containers on their sides to ease the plants out. Set them in the holes, backfill, tamp the soil down and then water well to help settle the soil. Water your new shrubs once or twice a week (depending upon weather). Expect some wilting. As soon as the roots establish your new shrubs will perk up and begin growing. It can help speed the adjustment period if you shield the plants from hot afternoon sunshine for a week or so. Just prop up a piece of cardboard or similar material on the sunny side to provide a little afternoon shade. Enjoy your new butterfly bushes!

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