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Oct 19, 2016 1:22 AM CST
|I have several buddleia still in flower including two Blue Chip Dwarf variety in large pots. These although dwarf have become rather large and top heavy. I intend to give them a trim to remove the dead flowers before winter, followed by a more substantial prune in the spring.
Is this the correct treatment.?
R N Millar
Oct 19, 2016 5:48 AM CST
|That is what is recommended.
They usually grow very vigorously - mine will add six feet of branch each year when healthy, after similar pruning.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Oct 19, 2016 6:13 PM CST
|Pruning won't discourage Buddleia. I used to cut mine to the ground every couple years and let them start over.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Oct 20, 2016 6:55 AM CST
|As well as coming back vigorously from the stump, those limbs can be inserted into garden soil, and will root with no other encouragement.
It is important to acknowledge that buddleja comes with a huge downside, being considered invasive in areas that get good percipitation.
I'd encourage everyone growing buddleia to read this article, and consider native alternatives:
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