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Buddleia x 'Blue Chip' Plant Care Reminders

Lo and behold blue chip butterfly bush

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General Information

  • Instruction By Proven Winners
    Notes Lo & Behold BLUE CHIP is a breakthrough variety of Buddleia with all the fragrance and butterfly appeal of traditional varieties in a small, easy to maintain package. This miniature bush stays under three feet tall without any pruning and blooms continuously from mid summer to frost without deadheading. It is frost tolerant, non-invasive, deer resistant, and best of all, very easy to grow. It's great for perennial and container gardens. 'Blue Chip' also makes a fantastic mass planting.
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    Web Link http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/buddleia/lo-behold-blue-chip-butterfly-bush-buddleia-hybrid

Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    February
    1. Prune

    Cut back to 12" in early spring if desired.
    March
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
    2. Prune

    Cut back to 12" in early spring if desired.
    3. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    April
    1. Buy

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    5. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    6. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    May
    1. Buy

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    4. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    June
    1. Buy

    It isn't too late to add to your garden. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    June isn't too late to add new plants to your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs. For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    4. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    July
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    2. Prune

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.
    August
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    2. Prune

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.
    September
    1. Buy

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid purchasing and planting in fall.
    2. Plant

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid planting in fall.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    4. Prune

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.
    5. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    October
    1. Buy

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid purchasing and planting in fall.
    2. Plant

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid planting in fall.
    3. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    4. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    November
    1. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
    December
    1. Prune

    No pruning necessary.
  • 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!

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    May

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    June

    It isn't too late to add to your garden. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots; the root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    September

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid purchasing and planting in fall.

    October

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid purchasing and planting in fall.

    Plant

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

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought

    May

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought

    June

    June isn't too late to add new plants to your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs.

    For BLUE CHIP, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought

    September

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid planting in fall.

    October

    While BLUE CHIP is hardy in Zones 5 & 6, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. It is recommended that northern regions avoid planting in fall.

    Fertilize

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

    March

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    April

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    Water

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

    April

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    May

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    June

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    July

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    August

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    September

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, BLUE CHIP has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.

    Prune

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

    January

    No pruning necessary.

    February

    Cut back to 12" in early spring if desired.

    March

    Cut back to 12" in early spring if desired.

    April

    No pruning necessary.

    May

    No pruning necessary.

    June

    No pruning necessary.

    July

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.

    August

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.

    September

    No pruning necessary or deadheading necessary.

    October

    No pruning necessary.

    November

    No pruning necessary.

    December

    No pruning necessary.

    Mulch

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

    March

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    April

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    September

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    October

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

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