Transplanting Lo&Behold Blue Chip butterfly bush

Asked October 3, 2019, 10:50 AM EDT

I have a Blue Chip Butterfly Bush that has gotten to big for its spot. What is the best time to move it, Fall or Spring? Any tips on how to do this transplanting is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Sussex County Delaware

1 Response

Hello,
Fall or winter pruning of a butterfly bush is not recommended because it makes the plant vulnerable to cold damage. In the Spring, before new growth occurs, you can prune the plant back as much as one foot from the ground should enhance the flower display in the spring.

This information was found on the University of Maryland Cooperative extension site located here- https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/butterfly-bush as well as the Clemson University Cooperative Extension site located here: https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/butterfly-bush/

Please be aware that butterfly bushes are not native to our Delaware region. The flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies but does not provide food for butterfly larvae. If interested, we have information surrounding native options to a butterfly bush in our publication that can be found here- https://www.udel.edu/content/dam/udelImages/canr/pdfs/extension/factsheets/plants-livable-delaware.p...

Thank you for your question.