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Old 06-16-2013, 03:31 PM
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Butterfly bush trouble


I have several butterfly bushes in my backyard. Recently we've had a lot of rain & now 2 of them look like they are dying. Could it be to much rain? Do I need to move them to a better location where the water drains better?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:26 PM
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Could you be a bit more specific? There are a number of plants called "Butterfly Bush".
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:39 PM
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image.jpg this is not my butterfly bush. But it would look like this one if it were healthy.

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Old 06-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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The photo looks to be a Buddleia 'davidii' (there are hybrids of).
I would not imagine it to be too much water if it is in a free draining soil. The rain in this case would not cause it to die.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:34 PM
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Thanks Charles. The location of my butterfly was under water for about 1 1/2 days. I have NC red clay too. So it's been very wet where my bush is. What do you think?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:15 PM
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If they were underwater for that long it may well be much water especially with the clay soil which holds moisture. Having never grown Buddleia before I can't say for sure.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:28 PM
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I would agree with Xeolyte. Having them sitting in water for that long would definitely be problematic and the clay soil would hold a lot of moisture and when dry would become compact.
Could lift it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:26 AM
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Thanks for you feedback. I think I will move one. The other one looks like it may be to late.
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Contamination?


Just a thought here. Where did all that water flow on it's way to your yard?

I had a yard which would flood badly during big rain events and for 3 days after. My problem was the water was coming from neighboring yards and the school property and it brought herbicides, pesticides and motor vehicle 'drips' along with all that water. So consider chemical contamination as a possibility.
Either way, I would definitely move those beauties.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:11 AM
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It was from the rain. We have been having flash floods around here for about 2 weeks. The wind was very bad as well. Their is a low area in my backyard where the water collects from the rest of my yard. That's where this butterfly bush is located. Most of the time our summers are very hot & dry. So I never expected the water to stay that high for that long. I have planted a river birch there to help with the drainage but its not big enough yet to help much. I am now thinking about other means of drainage.
Thanks so much for your help.
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