6b02968c0b6099b84444c103b1c09ace
Click HERE to see the plant details, or save a notes for this plant.

Buddleia davidii 'Adokeep' Plant Care Reminders

English butterfly adonis blue

English Butterfly Bush, Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush

You can copy this plant care and use it as-is or make it your own.

Members can create lists of plants to manage your garden, get plant care information sent to you, and connect to other gardeners.It's free and easy, SIGN IN or JOIN NOW and get started right away!

General Information

  • Instruction By Proven Winners
    Notes 'Roughly a third the size of traditional butterfly bush varieties, the English Butterfly Series™ plants are extra bushy and loaded with colorful flowers. ADONIS BLUE™ has deep blue flowers of good size and with a delightful fragrance. The compact size of these new cultivars is perfect for smaller gardens and the mixed border. They can also be used as a container plant in milder climates. Its fragrant blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds; plus its deer resistant!
    Sunset Zones
    •  1
    •  2
    •  3
    •  4
    •  5
    •  6
    •  7
    •  8
    •  9
    •  10
    •  11
    •  12
    •  13
    •  14
    •  15
    •  16
    •  17
    •  18
    •  19
    •  20
    •  21
    •  22
    •  23
    •  24
    •  25
    •  26
    •  27
    •  28
    •  29
    •  30
    •  31
    •  32
    •  33
    •  34
    •  35
    •  36
    •  37
    •  38
    •  39
    •  40
    •  41
    •  42
    •  43
    •  44
    •  45
    USDA Zones
    •  1
    •  2a
    •  2b
    •  3a
    •  3b
    •  4a
    •  4b
    •  5a
    •  5b
    •  6a
    •  6b
    •  7a
    •  7b
    •  8a
    •  8b
    •  9a
    •  9b
    •  10a
    •  10b
    •  11
    •  12
    Web Link http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/buddleia/miss-ruby-butterfly-bush-buddleia-x

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

    In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. However, it this does not occur in your area, prune in late winter or early spring.
    March
    1. Plant

    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. Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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
    2. Fertilize

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

    In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. However, it this does not occur in your area, prune in late winter or early spring.
    4. 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

    Ready to get out into the garden? Now is the perfect time! Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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

    May 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. Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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. 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    3. 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    2. Prune

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.
    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, 'ADONIS BLUE' has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    2. Prune

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.
    September
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. 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 'ADONIS BLUE', choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' has average water requirements and is drought tolerant.
    4. Prune

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.
    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

    It is a good idea to keep in mind that, while 'ADONIS BLUE' is hardy in Zones 7 -9, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. Purchasing and planting isn't recommended too late into fall. 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 'ADONIS BLUE', choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. 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 While 'ADONIS BLUE' is hardy in Zones 7 -9, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. Planting isn't recommended too late into 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

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide its energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, which will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    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!

    October

    It is a good idea to keep in mind that, while 'ADONIS BLUE' is hardy in Zones 7 -9, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. Purchasing and planting isn't recommended too late into fall.

    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!

    Plant

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

    March

    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.

    Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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

    April

    Ready to get out into the garden? Now is the perfect time!

    Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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

    May 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.

    Plant 'ADONIS BLUE' in a sunny location. This shrub prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. 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

    For 'ADONIS BLUE', choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. 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

    October

    For 'ADONIS BLUE', choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. 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

    While 'ADONIS BLUE' is hardy in Zones 7 -9, they do need sufficient time for their roots to establish. Planting isn't recommended too late into 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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, 'ADONIS BLUE' 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

    In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. However, it this does not occur in your area, prune in late winter or early spring.

    March

    In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. However, it this does not occur in your area, prune in late winter or early spring.

    April

    No pruning necessary.

    May

    No pruning necessary.

    June

    No pruning necessary.

    July

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.

    August

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.

    September

    To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms.

    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.

User Guides (Slide)

Popular Recommendations (Slide)

Upcoming Events

View All Events

Who's Online

We have 2273 guests and no members online