We finally got a close-up photo of our Butterfly Bush flowers!
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One more gorgeous pic before we discuss growing and caring for Butterfly Bush!
Butterfly Bush, or the formal name “Buddleia,” is a very easy shrub to grow. It doesn’t require special soil but it does need good drainage, as most plants do. Our Zone 7 location has clay soil, so we add Espoma PTM8 8-Quart Organic Peat Moss to improve drainage. Butterfly Bush likes the sun, so be sure to plant in a location that gives it at least 4 – 6 hours of sun per day. We have our Butterfly Bush in a location that receives the afternoon sun, but it is filtered sun due to 2 nearby Japanese cherry trees. Buddleia does not require fertilizer, but we like to give it a boost in early Spring ad adding a little Espoma PT4 4-Pound Plant-Tone Organic 5-3-3 Plant Food to the soil.
Prune Butterfly Bush
One special requirement to to cut back Buddleia in early Spring. Pruning hard in early Spring jump starts the growing process for Buddleia.
Deadhead Butterfly Bush
Once Buddleia starts to bloom, deadhead the flowers after they have finished blooming. The bush will use energy to create new blooms instead of supporting existing fading blooms.
Enjoy the Benefits of Butterfly Bush!
The number one benefit of growing Butterfly Bush is the joy experienced by seeing gorgeous butterflies feed! The following video shows a Black Swallowtail feeding …
Check your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, eBay or online Burpee Gardening for their selection of Buddleia! To see more of our plants that attract butterflies, watch our Butterfly Gardening playlist on YouTube! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!