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asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th May, 2020

Does a butterfly bush need a lot of sun?

Like many perennials, butterfly bushes are versatile when it comes to sun preference and can grow in partial shade to full sun. But the more shade the plant receives, the fewer of its trademark flowers it produces. For best flower production, the planting site for your butterfly bush should receive full sun.

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Regarding this, how much sun does a butterfly bush need?

The butterfly bush grows best in full sun but can tolerate part shade. You can grow butterfly bush in dappled shade or morning sun and afternoon shade but avoid deep shade areas. Full sun means that the area gets at least six hours of direct sun a day.

Beside above, why is my butterfly bush dying? If the wilting leaves are shriveled and brown, the butterfly bush is suffering from lack of water. The butterfly bush needs water during its growth season in early spring and during dry spells throughout the season. If the wilting leaves are shriveled and green, the shrub suffers from herbicide toxicity.

Similarly one may ask, how do you take care of a butterfly bush?

Caring for Butterfly Bushes

  1. Water freely when in growth and sparingly otherwise.
  2. Avoid fertilizing butterfly bush; too much fertility promotes leaf growth over flower production.
  3. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage new shoots and flower buds.

What is the lifespan of a butterfly bush?

The life span of B. davidii is variable although in general individuals do not live for more than 20 years, often dying from stem rot (Smale, 1990; Binggeli et al., 1998).

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