butterfly bush - Knowledgebase Question

Lincoln, Ca
Question by rfdawson
February 7, 2010
Can I start a new plant from cuttings off my butterfly bush? If so, do I need to root it in water first?


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Answer from NGA
February 7, 2010

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You can propagate a butterfly bush by seeds, by division, or by softwood cuttings. Seeds are easily germinated; division is simply digging down through the plant, taking pieces with both roots and stems attached. Softwood cuttings are from new growth that is not yet firm. The cuttings should be about four inches long, with two-three pairs of leaves at the top of the stem. You can dip the cut ends into rooting hormone (but it's not essential), then insert the cuttings into moistened potting soil, just up to the lowest leaves. Keep the potting soil moist but not soggy wet. Good luck with your project!

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