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By Alextb

London, England Eng

I bought a Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) this morning as a small twiggy looking thing, and was wondering when it should be planted out, and should it be potted up?

Any advice Welcome

Thanjs in advance



Planting out is when the soil is warm enough to sit on bare-a....whatevered!
Potting on depends on the root ball in the pot. If it is so 'tight' that you cannot get water in it, then pot it up but not to much bigger a pot, it will not grow new roots for a while yet. All you are doing is creating a space for water to go into to seep into the old compost.

10 Jan, 2011


O.K Thanks

10 Jan, 2011


I'd get it in the ground asap assuming the soil isn't frozen and otherwise keep it outside in a sheltered postion.

A number of my customers have made the mistake of buying out door plants in cold wearther,kept them indoors until the weather improves a bit and they then die of cold shock on planting outside.

10 Jan, 2011


Ah, yes, well perhaps I should have said keep it somewhere cool rather than in the house or even a warm glass house.

10 Jan, 2011


It has been planted out.

10 Jan, 2011


Good luck with it then! They're tough, I'm sure it will be fine.

10 Jan, 2011


Thanks Beattie

10 Jan, 2011


I bought some Buddleias last last year, large plug plants. They're in the conservatory just now until the final frost have past (which up here could be April) then I'll pop them into planters until they're big enough to go in the garden.

11 Jan, 2011

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