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Aug 22, 2017 6:08 PM CST
|thinking of buying these since I lost all others this year due to rain for 3 months this summer.
Do either of these bring lots of butterflys?
If it does not rain an inch per week from april to november in zone lower 8
how often do you take a bucket of water and water them ?
Do you do the method of sticking your finger down 2 inches and if moist .do not water..
Do you water a new butterfly bush bought from the nursery planted now in late august.. till november and then not water it yourself in winter months.
I never have watered in winter and in the past all perennials lived and did well and shrubs.
This year has gotten me anxious...and sad that so much rain in 3 months must have caused disease
and or root rot in butterfly bushes..not sitting in a wet area...
I was told by a nursery that I can take one half cup of epsom salts mix in warm water to dissolve
add to one gallon of cool water and spray the butterfly bushes once every 6 weeks in spring to fall
once established...what do you think of this to help them fight disease?
Any thoughts appreciated....sheridragonfly
Aug 29, 2017 11:15 AM CST
|Are you claiming that your buddleia drownded?
I've seen them growing in standing water.... more water... usually means more seedlings.
As much of water-pigs as these things are.... very surprised if they died from too much rain...
nematodes seems far more likely.
I would suggest trying vitex instead.
Vitex is very pretty, and drought hardy, and I haven't seen any problems with nematode issues either.
As to drowning?
I can't say.
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