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Starting butterfly bush seeds indoors?

Posted by chicagocanine 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 27, 10 at 15:55

Last spring I tried sowing butterfly bush seeds directly into the garden, and nothing grew.
So I was wondering if these seeds can be started indoors? If so, what is the recommended method and how early should I start them? I'm in zone 5 (Chicago.)

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RE: Starting butterfly bush seeds indoors?

Buddleia davidii - Moist chill (stratify)of 2-4 weeks may improve germination but isn't strictly necessary. Surface sow, do not exclude light, @ approx 70F for germination in 20-30 days.

They shouldn't be difficult for you, such prolific self sowers here we can no longer plant, noxious invasive :) Same in Oregon, and a while back they were getting some attention in Massachusetts but I don't know what their status might be in Illinois or the other colder states in 2010.

RE: Starting butterfly bush seeds indoors?

I've started butterfly bush inside twice with great results. Just followed the instructions on the envelope. The germination rate was good and they transplanted well.
Have fun!

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