Butterfly Bushes

Fixing Uprooted Plants

linda perry added on September 1, 2011 | Answered

Irene uprooted my butterfly bushes and my knock out rose plants. How can I fix the bushes that are laying on the ground with much of the roots pulled out of the ground?

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Answered on September 5, 2011

You will need to replant them and treat them as though they were newly planted. Increase watering so the plant can work to rebuild its roots. If the root damage is very bad, then you may want to prune the plants back by 1/3 or so, to reduce the plant's needs on the roots.

Some fertilizer at 1/2 strength will also help, but make sure that the plants are thoroughly watered before you fertilize them to avoid further damage to the roots.

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