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Q.June 9th And Butterfly Bush Is Not Flowering

Zone Chicago IL Zone 5 | Anonymous added on June 9, 2021 | Answered

I saved 10 butterfly bushes from last year . They all survived the cold winter . I pruned them back in the spring . The leafy foliage is full now and growing tall but no flowers yet . Is this normal ? Is it still a bit too early In the summer ? Should I prune back the new growth or let it alone? They do get full sun . It is June 9th now and no flowers as of yet . What should I do? Thanks

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Answered on June 17, 2021

Typically, the sun is all they need for good flowering. I would test the soil, though. There could be too much nitrogen in the soil. SHould the test show too much nitrogen, you can offset with potassium and sulfur.

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