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Butterfly Bush Seedlings

Posted by SaraElise 8b (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 18:15

I'm having trouble getting my butterfly bush seedlings to thrive. They sprout, stay around a few weeks, then die. Any general tips? I have them under lights and most of my other seedlings have done well and are ready for outdoor transplant.

They are supposed to be easy, from what I've read. Even considered a weed in some areas! Any tips on soil moisture or nutrients or anything?

The only other one I've had trouble with this year is an aster (also supposed to be easy), but I restarted those and they are doing better this time.

In case it helps to know what has done well in the growing environment I created, these are some of the others that I've kept in the same conditions:

Russian Sage
Blazing Star/Gay-feather
Hollyhock (leaves a bit more yellow than ideal, but plants are strong and they are darkening as they spend more time outdoors before the full transplant)

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Butterfly Bush Seedlings

Believe it or not, pencil shavings sprinkled around the area will allow them to thrive after a week or so. I tried this with some of mine and though it took a few weeks I had an amazing turn out.

RE: Butterfly Bush Seedlings

Weird. I wonder why they help. But, I will try it. Thanks!

RE: Butterfly Bush Seedlings

Butterfly Bush seedlings may be susceptable to fungal disease in their early stages. My thought is the pencil shavings control the moisture content at the top of the soil, where the fungal disease begins it's first stage. I had 6" seedlings that I planted in my first garden. We had a very wet season and they rotted away. The following year I got gallon sized plants that I got to grow.

RE: Butterfly Bush Seedlings

You are one zone up from me.
Last fall I read that Butterfly plant seeds don't like being pampered.
So when the plants produced seeds I just tossed them on the ground (where I wanted them) like they would do naturally. I have so many young plants now that I thinned many, many.
Saw a monarch on the parent today.
Bottomline, try to toss seeds on the outside soil in the fall.

RE: Butterfly Bush Seedlings

I'll try that way too. I don't know what I do to the "easy" plants, but it seems like the easier people claim a plant is to care for, the more likely I will have trouble with it.

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