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These plants are two different species.

Mar 06, The normal life cycle of the butterfly bush, or Buddleia, is to go dormant during winter in zones 5 and 6. Giving the Buddleia a severe spring pruning in March to about a foot from the ground gets rid of most of the dormant branches and stimulates growth. You can even cut the Buddleia down to the ground and it will re-emerge from its roots in. Jul 23, Prune the Buddleia down to around 30cm (12 in) from ground level.

There may already be sprouting shoots on the Buddleia in a mild spring. This is not a problem, it just means you should Prune it back hard. This will make the Butterfly Bush grow many new arching branches, that will have larger flowers than if it had not been pruned.

Jan 19, Prune your buddleia in early spring by cutting back all the branches to the ground. Stop pruning once your stems are about 1 foot in length to avoid harming the plant. Since buddleias can become overcrowded if too many branches sprout, remove older branches completely.

Then, throughout the flowering season, deadhead spent blooms%. Mar 22, Step 1. Start pruning buddleja when it’s coming into growth in early spring. First, trim back the top growth to around half its height using secateurs. This makes it easier to see what you’re doing as you progress, and gives you better access to the base of.

Jun 16, Answer: Pruning away the spent flowers prevents the plant from producing seeds, and can encourage new growth with new blooms. Question: I have year-old buddleia davidii that have not been hard pruned in many years. If I cut my buddleia butterfly bush back hard, will they survive? They are 15 feet tall at this point!