Perennials forum→Butterly Bushes in Zone 5

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May 27, 2018 8:04 AM CST
Hoping someone could give some advice on four butterfly bushes we planted last summer. They were in full sun all day and seemed to be doing great last year. This spring after our Midwest winter they look totally dead. We've read some posts about pruning in the fall and we didn't, but the proven winners website (the brand of potted plant we bought) says don't prune until you see new growth in the spring. Trying to upload a photo to give some context but not sure it is sitting. Do we think these are done and need to be replaced, should we keep waiting, or is there anything we should be doing now to help them bounce back? TYIA.
Name: Christine
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May 28, 2018 6:01 AM CST
Try scraping back some of the bark and see if its green, Spring has taken a long time coming this year and that could well be the problem, the earth isnt as warm as it should be for this time of year. Other members will have more advice for you Green Grin!

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
May 28, 2018 8:25 AM CST
They are not reliably hardy here. This was a harsh winter. I have tried the butterfly bushes several times but have given up on them. I have yet to see any hardy hibiscus sprouts here either. Some plants are showing up very late and others are only lasting a short time because of the heat.
It would help to get advice if you would display your zone and area. We have a lot of members and you are likely to get advice from others in your zone/area.You can provide this info by clicking on your profile and choosing what you would like to show.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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May 28, 2018 8:18 PM CST


I would give them a little more time, mine just started showing some signs of life this week..

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