Pruning Butterfly Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Bethlehem, PA
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Question by pnballnut
July 25, 1999
Do I cut the brown flowers off the butterfly bush? It seems the butterflies take the flower part and I have nothing but brown on the end of the branch.. I need to know if I can cut the brown flowers off and will that make room for more growth?

Answer from NGA
July 25, 1999
You may certainly remove the browned, spent blooms. Additional buds will form behind your trimming and on new growth. If you look carefully at a branch tip you will see the tiny new flower buds next to the leaves. Although it is not usually necessary, in very dry seasons you may find that watering the bush helps both the individual blooms and the blooming season last longer, too.

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