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Name: Che Clark
Chicago, IL (western suburbs) (Zone 5b)
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Sep 6, 2016 9:27 PM CST
So I learned the hard way about overwatering the butterfly weed, and I need some advice on how / when / how often I should water. Can someone give me some pointers? I REALLY want these awesome plants to work for the long term. Thank you!!
Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Sep 7, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Butterfly bushes are pretty tolerant of being dry- I think I've only watered my newbies 3 times since I planted them in April. The key is to not let them dry out at the beginning, while their roots are establishing. I used 1/2 gallon each time I watered because I had smaller bushes, watered them maybe a week's time apart for 3 weeks, then I just let them be. If you get a lot of rain now, don't bother watering because we are getting into the end of the season and they really need to establish roots before winter. Hope that helps.

Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Sep 7, 2016 7:39 AM CST
I hear so many plants named butterfly weed...which/ what specifically do you have?
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Sep 7, 2016 9:02 AM CST
When I grow asclepias tuberosa from seed, I usually do not water.
As dry as it is here in the sandhills, I did once lose an entire patch of seedlings due to extended drought.... but in Chicago, I would not expect to ever need to water this plant.
Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Sep 7, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Just realized this was butterfly weed, not bush! Sorry about that- I just assumed the bush because of how Che described it.
Name: Che Clark
Chicago, IL (western suburbs) (Zone 5b)
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Sep 7, 2016 8:47 PM CST
Oh sorry for the confusion. Yes I'm talking about the weed (asclepias tuberosa). So, I just won't water it at all then? Makes sense since its native...I amended the soil so it drains better and is a little rocker. Added some sand, pebble, and crushed gravel (but not too much of any.)

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