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Q.Do You Cut Dead Wood From Previous Year For A Butterfly Bush?

Zone 44107 | Anonymous added on June 19, 2024 | Answered

My plant is in its second year. It did not start growing until very late in the spring – I thought it was dead. Do I cut the old wood or leave it alone?

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Answered on June 20, 2024

Yes, cut off the stems from last year. Butterfly bush blooms on new growth.

Typically, in early spring, cut back your butterfly bush to about 6 inches to 1 foot from the ground. New growth will form.


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