butterfly bushes - Knowledgebase Question

bethel, Co
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Question by rlanigan
June 1, 2010
butterfly bushes,i cut back last fall to about1 ft high,i have done this in the past,with good results.as of today,june 1 thereis no new growth and they apear dead why,and what do you recomend

Answer from NGA
June 1, 2010
Butterfly bushes can freeze down to ground level in cold winter areas but as long as the roots remain alive, they will sprout up in the early summer. They like warm soil and air temperatures so yours may just be waiting for the right conditions. If the roots stayed wet over the winter because of poor soil drainage, the shrubs may not sprout at all. I'd give them a few more weeks to show signs of life. If they don't, you can dig down into the soil and inspect the roots. Healthy roots will be creamy white inside; dead or dying roots will be black, brown or rusty colored. I hope your butterfly bushes are okay!

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