I have had to container garden for the last three years. I planted the butterfly weed three years ago in a good sized container. The first year it put out three stalks. No blooms. Second year, four stalks, but was over-run with aphids. This year, five stalks, very healthy and free of pests, but it's showing no sign of developing buds. Is it because butterfly weeds aren't good container plants? This year it has grown taller and fuller than any previous year. Still not a single bud or flower. HELP! I'm located in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, in zone 7. Most years we have little rain over the summer; however, this year we have been experiencing daily thunderstorms with severe winds, hail, several inches of water pouring down in a matter of minutes. The daily temp averages between 93 and 100 degrees, and our days are usually clear and sunny. . . till the evening craziness begins. Anyone have any ideas for me? Thanks, tinyGarden
It could be a nutrient issue with the soil. You might want to add some phosphorus to the soil to help with blooming. Bone meal is a good source for this, or use a fertilizer that has a higher phosphorus ratio.
I have black beetles with two orange stripes and a cluster of small insects on my butterfly weed plant. What are they and are they destructive?
I think you have milkweed bugs (and their young) on your plant. Since they are considered sap-sucking insects, I would not keep them around. Neem oil spray is an effective treatment and safe to use. Here is more information:
My butterfly weed bloomed the first year, but has not bloomed since (2 years now). It's in a pot that gets a lot of sun. I live in Albuquerque NM. How can I get it to bloom again?
Since this perennial grows quickly, it may be root bound. You can move the plant to a larger container.
How do you properly deadhead butterfly weed in order to promote new blooms after the first blooms have faded? Or does this plant only have one blooming period for the growing season? Thanks!
This article will help you.
Do I remove the pod when I don't want the seeds to spread and will removal create more blooms? Thanks.
Dead-heading should prolong the bloom period. Simply cut off the bloom stalk where it meets the first set of leaves. Removing blooms will keep this potentially rapid-spreading plant in check.
GROUND.." I AM NEW TO THE BUTTERFLY BUSH. WE HAVE 3 HOMES ADJACENT TO EACH OTHER AND ARE DEVELOPING HABITAT FOR BUTTERFLYS, BEES AND HUMMING BIRDS THANKS...BOB IN WISCONSIN
First we should clarify that butterfly bush and butterfly weed are very different plants. You use both terms. Fortunately, in Wisconsin the treatment is the same for both. Butterfly weed, a native milkweed, dies back to the ground so cut down any partial stems that remain. Sometimes milkweed plants are in bad shape this time of year and if so, they can be cut all the way down now. Monarch caterpillars do not form a chrysalis on the milkweed plant so it is safe to put the stems in the compost. Butterfly bush, Buddleia, is a shrub that often dies back considerably during winter in the north. After leaf fall or in spring before buds open, cut the entire shrub down to 12-18 inches.
We'd love to attract monarchs and maybe other butterflies to our small urban rooftop garden. Can milkweed and butterfly weed be grown successfully in large containers? Also, there's no wild milkweed in the neighborhood. Where can we obtain seeds?
Yes, you can, but make sure that this container is pretty tall. This grows a taproot that will need plenty of space. We do not recommend places to purchase, but we do recommend doing an Internet search. You will find many providers that will ship to just about anywhere. You might have some native plant nurseries nearby, they are growing in popularity.
This article will give you more information on the care of milkweed: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/milkweed/growing-milkweed.htm
There are internet sites that can help you find milkweed seeds native to your area.
Xerces.org and MonarchWatch.org