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Q.Butterfly Bush

Zone Chesapeake..zone 9? | Anonymous added on May 7, 2021 | Answered

About 3 weeks ago, We planted 2 butterfly bushes in our front flowerbed. We’ve since noticed that the bottom Is starting to look sickly: stems are brownish & appear to be brittle(?), and the bottom leaves are yellowing. I’ve read on your website that it could be root rot? My husband does the watering, & admits this as a possibility. So…what do we do from here?

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Answered on May 7, 2021

It does sound like root rot. I'm not sure how large these shrubs are, but if they're fairly small you may want to carefully dig them up, trim away the bad roots and replant them. Otherwise, they may need to be treated with a fungicide. Here's a helpful article:

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