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Butterfly bush
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In both coastal and inland Southern California climates, Buddleja davidii and its hybrids grow quickly to become big shrubs whose flowers are irrisistable to hummingbirds as well as butterflies. You can prolong their spring and summer blooming season by removing the old flower clusters after the blooms fade.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Cut back plants as desired to control size and promote fresh spring growth.

    • Transplant

        Transplant/move established plants, if necessary, after cutting back hard.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage new spring growth.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Cut back plants as desired to control size and promote fresh spring growth.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Transplant

        Transplant/move established plants, if necessary, after cutting back hard.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage continued growth and bloom.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

    • Plant

        Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • March

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • April

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • May

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • June

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • July

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • August

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • September

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • October

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

            • November

              Buy known named varieties from nurseries or by mail.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • February

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • March

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • April

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • May

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • June

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • July

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • August

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • September

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • October

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

            • November

              Plant in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample room for plants to grow to full size.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage new spring growth.

              • June

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage continued growth and bloom.

              • September

                Feed with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • February

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • March

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • April

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • May

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • June

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • July

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • August

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • September

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • October

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • November

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

              • December

                Water regularly and deeply during dry periods.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Cut back plants as desired to control size and promote fresh spring growth.

              • March

                Cut back plants as desired to control size and promote fresh spring growth.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Mulch to conserve water use.

              • June

                Mulch to conserve water use.

              • September

                Mulch to conserve water use.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • May

                  Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

                • June

                  Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

                • July

                  Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

                • August

                  Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

                • September

                  Watch for leaf-chewing caterpillar damage on new growth.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • May

                  Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

                • June

                  Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

                • July

                  Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

                • August

                  Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

                • September

                  Cut off damaged growth or spray with water to control branch tip damage from tiny caterpillars. Do not use harmful pesticides.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Transplant/move established plants, if necessary, after cutting back hard.

                • March

                  Transplant/move established plants, if necessary, after cutting back hard.

              • Propagate

                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

                • May

                  Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

                • June

                  Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

                • September

                  Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

                • October

                  Propagate from softwood cuttings of new growth.

              • Harvest

                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
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                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Special requirements

                  Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec

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