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Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Hybrid Mix

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A hardy butterfly bush that blooms the first year from seed.

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The seeds in this hybrid mix will produce hardy butterfly bushes that bloom their year in purple, white, lavender or pink. Also called "summer lilacs", these butterfly bushes have a long blooming season (August into September), need little care and butterflies as well as hummingbirds really do love them! Space 4-6 ft. apart.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-96 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72-96 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

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Butterfly bush may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow butterfly bush seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost date using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds shallowly in seed-starting formula, or just barely press in.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth. 
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Prune to rejuvenate in spring. Cut plants to the base and they will grow back during the season.
  • Butterfly bush combines perfectly with ornamental grasses and flowers that have the same bloom period. Plant throughout your garden and attract butterflies all summer long.
Zone
5-9
Sun
Full Sun
Height
72-96 inches
Spread
72-96 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Buddleia
Life Cycle
Perennial
Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Hybrid Mix is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Zero Stars These so-called seeds are just dust. How to put just a few seeds in each pot to sow indoors was not included. I have two little green specks in one pot and one in another that have not gotten any bigger in weeks. I really doubt these are ever going to be butterfly bushes.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful butterfly bushes The seeds were so small I couldn't see them. I just poured the whole packet out onto our Burpee seed starting planter. We have 5 bushes that we have had now for 2 years.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! Will be planting several more I need to plant more of these! I started this from seed last year and it was fairly large by Fall with a few flowers. I transplanted it to better soil in full sun and it came back beautifully this year. It has been blossoming heavily since June. It is taller than my 6-foot fence. The hummingbirds, bumble bees & butterflies love it.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Butterfly bush seeds first packet did not even emerge. burpee sentt me anothe packet. nothing , not even one seed took. they finally gave me a refund. i would not recommend this at all
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed The Butterfly Bush seeds failed to germinate. I have a warm place to germinate the seeds ans use a heat pad and yet the seeds did not germinate. I guess this short/savings to Butterfly bushes was not to be.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from smallest seeds I have ever seen Just planted these specks. Seriously the smallest seeds I have ever seen. I'll keep you posted on how they come up! Super impressed with burpee so far though!
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoping for multiple colors Most seeds sprouted. Seeds very small, like specks, difficult to sow. I planted sowed nine containers, removing most to get nine healthy plants. Waiting for the flowers.
Date published: 2011-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No results at all I bought the growing system along with the seeds- I did EVERYTHING right- Every other seed I planted came up, but NO RESULTS AT ALL from these! Caution- these seeds are NO BIGGER THEN PEPPER! Now I have had butterfly bushes before they are hardy and wonderful had attract TONS OF BUTTERFLY! But I would STRONGLY SUGUST BUYING THE PLANT NOT THE SEEDS! Hope this helps the would be grower!
Date published: 2011-05-27
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