Butterfly Bush, Nanho Purple
Butterfly bush for smaller gardens!
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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.
Butterfly Bush, Nanho Purple is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by Ray68 from Butterfiy Bust Nanho Purple Ordered 3 plants on Feb. 2015. Package delivered exactly on time. So impressed with the way the plants looked and how well they were packaged . Just had to order 6 more. 26 march 2015.Date published: 2015-03-26Rated 1 out of 5 by BostonLady from Never bloomed It never bloomed and it is tiny. We planted in the beginning of the summer & nothing. Very disappointed.Date published: 2013-08-12Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from I love butterfly bushes! i am so happy i found burpee.com! i ordered 1 butterfly bush and it arrived today along with a strawberry plant i ordered. very nicely packed, so nothing gets smashed etc by ups deliveries! i am very happy and going to plant it in a large pot this weekend! i cant wait for it to bloom and smell the delicious scent! thankyou <3Date published: 2013-05-30Rated 1 out of 5 by lollipop60 from My lovely Butterfly Plant For my birthday this year...early August...my Son brought me a butterfly plant. He planted it in a spot that gets part sun and all sun. It has never done well. Yesterday, as it was a good 3 ft. height and diameter, I cut it back to the ground. My hope is that as it grows back I will have beautiful flowers and it will get big again. The "flowers" that were on it were all brown and was not flowering at all anymore. Anyone have some feedback for me? I see them all over town and they are huge and bloomed. HELP!!! So sad in Texas...!Date published: 2012-09-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Goneferal from Lovely flowers I ordered one plant for a bare corner at our rental house. It arrived so tiny, but it grew to about 4 ft last summer and it bloomed all summer long. I will order another for the other corner where a disease prone rose has become an eyesore.Date published: 2010-12-13Rated 5 out of 5 by MRosario from Burpee does it again, excellent Wow, I was wondering how these would be shipped and how large they would be. It was so facinating, they are in little plastic pots of their own, I ordered 3, and in a very neat box that holds them perfectly in place so no matter what UPS does to that box, more then likely the plants will weather it. When I received them they were beautiful and green and healthy and their little pots where still moist and that box they shipped them in is really a great idea, works perfectly. I've planted them and they are just loving it, and so am I. The plants were at least 10 inches high and thick and healthy. They had an extentive root system so I see now reason why they won't take off and flurish immediately. I'm a novice gardener, but with Burpee products it makes you feel like you've had a green thumb your whole life. Thank you Burpee. Loyal customer forever.Date published: 2010-05-02Rated 5 out of 5 by NYGardener from Great plant!! I bought one of these butterfly bushes three years ago. When it arrived it was tiny and I was completely skeptical about it growing to the 5' height mentioned. Imagine my surprise when in the very first summer it zoomed to 5'+ and bloomed like mad! I pruned it very close to the ground in early spring and the second summer it actually got even bigger (planted on a southwest corner of my home in full sun, heavy soil, rarely fertilized), and again bloomed like mad. The third year I actually didn't get a chance to prune it at all, and it reached 7' tall! This delighted me because I have a large garden. I just dug it up to relocate it yesterday and I will say that the taproot was a bear to get out of the ground but I'm here on the site ordering several more of these amazing, gorgeous plants to fill some spots where I need height and loads of butterfly-attracting vibrant color! Great plant.Date published: 2009-03-17Rated 5 out of 5 by atwhatcost from Bursting Out in Purple All Over! I bought this plant from Burpee last year and was pleased with how quickly it grew and how many flowers it produced. It out performed my first one, which was bigger in its first year. I assumed that it couldn't get any bigger or better. Right now, it has so many flowers on it, if we take a quick glance at it, it looks like even the leaves are purple! It looks like a flurry of purple. We've seen one variety of butterfly on our butterfly bushes in previous years. This year, we've seen two new varieties, too, and the bumble bees don't get bothered, because there is plenty of nectar for everyone. (They've become quite terrritorial with the flower buds on the malabar spinach, so we know they can get bothered.) I hate the end of gardening season, but I'm now looking forward to see if it's possible it can outperform itself next year! I can't imagine it can!Date published: 2008-09-06