Ask a Question forum: Butterfly bushes..Buzz variety yellow streaking on all of the bushes...blooming

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 9, 2017 5:19 PM CST
We did have a lot of rain in June..but my butterfly bushes did not stand in rain
and they had air around the bases..
I had heard on a radio show to add liquid fertilizer to them due to the rains that had turned
some perennials yellow or streaked.

This is what mine look like,does anyone have any suggestions?
What to do, or if they will die eventually from the yellow streaking
and appearance?

Thanks Sheri zone 8b
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 9, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Did you use the fertilizer?

The thinking behind the liquid fertilizer is that too much rain, water sitting around the trunk of the plant, causes root rot. In my mind, that is a poor name because it is actually rot at the joint where the roots are attached to the trunk. There's not much you can do for root rot except cross your fingers and toes and apply something like Superthrive liquid plant food (at least on the west coast). The hope is that the Superthrive will magically heal the lines of communication between the roots and the trunk.

But... The root rot can be caused by two things, a nutrient deficiency or too much water. If its a nutrient deficiency, the Superthrive will help. If its from too much water, it won't necessarily help and in fact, might hasten the death of your plant.

The yellow spots are where the chlorophyll has already died. The liquid fertilizer won't hurt if the plant is already hopeless and possibly could save it. Either way, its going to take awhile.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Jul 9, 2017 8:01 PM CST
In my zone we had an extra 2" Hilarious! of rain this past winter...a couple of my potted plants that are root bound, have been showing yellowing of the leaves. My take on this is that the extra rain flushed all of the nutrients out of the potting soil, so I have been adding some fert. and iron chelate to help them recover. The leaves look better, but the plants still need to be potted up with fresh medium.
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 10, 2017 7:52 AM CST
I hope the 6 of the buzz butterfly bushes make it and come out of this yellowing due to rain
because I re did the entire flower garden in march and bought these butterfly bushes

invested so much money I had saved

to buy these in 3 gallon sizes...

Very costly for me...
thanks for replying...anyone else..I appreciate it also..

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