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Buddleia help

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Joools, Oct 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM.

  1. Joools

    Joools Apprentice Gardener

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    EF086F33-08CB-4863-9A74-BB6B119E1491.jpegEF086F33-08CB-4863-9A74-BB6B119E1491.jpeg We are not very good gerdeners with little knowledge and experience. We have recently moved and the garden is generally low maintenance but there is a big Buddleia tree which I would like to get flourishing. Although it flowered it was very poor. We chopped a few of the lower branches and new growth has started but would like to get it really going. Any advice please on pruning etc would be greatly welcomed
     

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    Hiya joools :)
    You can prune your buddleia as hard back as you like and do it now or at any time up to spring. Make neat clean cuts ideally slightly sloping to help water run off.... No skill involved apart from that. Thereafter give it an annual prune after flowering
    This will make your plant flower lower down and more profusely (it doesnt have to expend energy on supporting all that woody growth)
    I would give it a balanced feed in early spring too :)
     
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      Many thanks, does that mean to cur off all the big branches until it is around the level of the new growth that is coming through.
       
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      Yes joools :)
      You wont harm it at all. After next season you will see how easy it was and how flowering improved:)
       
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        I agree with @Verdun and remove all the flowers that have finished or you'll get baby buddleias all over.:)
         
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        Many thanks, we will get cracking.
         
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        Thank you, we were disappointed this year with the flowers so hopefully next year will be better with your advice.
         
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        If you deadhead regularly your buddleia will flower much longer too Jools:)
         

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