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Name: Alda yarbrough
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cillay
Oct 26, 2017 5:51 PM CST
I have a small butterfly bush and I would like to root some cuttings. When should I do this and how to go about it? cillay
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Name: Yardenman
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Oct 27, 2017 12:33 AM CST
cillay said:I have a small butterfly bush and I would like to root some cuttings. When should I do this and how to go about it? cillay


There is another way to get fresh cuttings of butterfly bushes. It depends on where you are.

Cut a few stems now and they will still send out new shoots in Zones 7a or higher. Snip those at a couple inches in a month and you can get some rootable cuttings over winter under weak lights. I used a root hormone on the cuttings and a weak starter fertilizer. I have gotten successful new shrubs that way.

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Oct 27, 2017 8:22 AM CST
I'm really not a fan of buddlea, and... If you do a bit of research, you might decide to grow something else.

But.... I've never had any difficulty rooting it in clay.
In my experience, any time I pruned it back, I could insert the cuttings into the clay soil and it would grow.... No hormones or special treatment necessary.

But.... I would probably wait until feb or march, when you cut it back to promote fast spring growth.

Buddlea doesnt grow in my sand due to the dryness, and the nematodes, but vitex grows fine, and it roots just as easily.

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