I purchased a Butterfly Bush 3 years ago and each year it steadily got larger and more impressive. This spring however, the entire bush was as dead as dead can be. Can anyone offer advice? Are they susceptible to disease? Didn't I water enough?
I've seen that happen with some butterfly bushes but I was never sure why. My former employer had a few butterfly bushes go south on them and they were only 6 years old. When I dug them out, they had a very poor root structure. The roots were very compact and in a small area. It was nice for me because they were extremely easy to dig out.
I'm in Ontario Canada about same weather for both of us, sorry you dipug it out, you might have cut it as close the the ground as you could have and hoped for growth next spring. I sure would try another.
Agree with Betty for sure. Ours stopped producing one year and I whacked it to the ground. Since then I cut it to the ground each year (or near to ground) and back it comes. Buddleia not attractive with age on it and once flowering slows down can look very dead - and many branches are!
Maybe not. It could have been a goner. Regardless the new one will spread itself and you will have many.
By to the ground - you know to leave a few inches.and if you want winter interest could do towards winter's end.
Come to think of it mine wasn't appearing dead around April, little leaves were forming, yours coulda bit the dust.
But, I remember it always looked like a bunch of brown twigs most of the time. I never cut it back and I always had them. I'll cut it back in late Winter now that I know you can.
I'd like to make mine more bushy and full looking but I don't think you can do that, you'll be cutting off the blooms.
5 feet tall and leggy might be the look I have, it's about done blooming.
shortleaf- Cut it in February maybe March, you will see the side branches starting to grow, and all the new branches will bloom. The number of new branches will be determined by how far back/ down you go.
Deadhead now for more blooms.