Buddleia pruning made easy

by Anna | 22.10.2013 | 2 steps | easy | 10 - 30 Min. | Rating: 0 votes

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The buddleia, or butterfly bush as it’s often known, thrives pretty much anywhere. Whilst you might give your plant all the mulch and food it needs, you’ll see buddleias taking root in walls, guttering, roofs and anywhere else that they can gain a foot hold. Though the first year’s growth may only be moderate, buddleias quickly become vast if not severely trimmed, so you’ll need your whole tool kit to deal with this plant’s pruning.

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Tools
Sharp secateurs
Loppers
Pruning saw for older and woodier stems

Step 1

Timing

The best time to prune a buddleia is in the spring, after the worst of the frosts have receded. This encourages a better flower display in the summer and keeps buddleias from becoming too large and spindly.

To prune a buddleia, you need to take each stem in your hand and trace it back to one bud above the main trunk. 

Step 2

Pruning

Buddleias can grow a huge amount in one season, so cut back the flowering shoots from the previous year with sharp secateurs or loppers, to just one or two buds from the main stem. Take the time to remove dead, diseased or weak growth, as well as branches that may be crossing over one another. You can also encourage shoots lower down the plant to develop by cutting back heavy growth at the top of the plant. Removing spent flowers can encourage buds further back on the stem to come into petal more quickly.

Meanwhile, if your buddleia really has got out of control during the year, you can chop off some growth after flowering too, taking back stems to healthy buds nearer the trunk.

Cut branches into smaller pieces before composting.

Items:
Sharp secateurs
Loppers
Pruning saw for older and woodier stems
Tools
Sharp secateurs
Loppers
Pruning saw for older and woodier stems
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