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10/11/2012 at 17:12

I've just read the gardening page of a freebie magasine that came through the door. It said that now is the time to prune buddleias. I've always done mine in the early spring. But I also keep deadheading it the whole of it's flowering time. Am I doing wrong or is there 2 trains of thought going on here?

10/11/2012 at 17:15

No. Keep doing what you are doing. That's the way I've always done it.


10/11/2012 at 17:19

I have done it now-but as Paul pointed out here and elsewhere- it is what works for you-so yes- two trains

10/11/2012 at 17:20

I've done both and haven't noticed any difference in growth or flowering

10/11/2012 at 17:29

Not sure what will happen to mine next year .  I'd neglected it and it grew into a small tree so this year it was sawn down to a stump . I think they are pretty indestructable really. 

10/11/2012 at 17:40

I chop them back this time of year to prevent windrock, then prune properly in the spring (thinning out, removing weak and crossing stems etc).  As Jean says, they're pretty indestructible. 

10/11/2012 at 20:15

Yeah I'd agree with Dovefromabove, pruning this time of year is sometimes suggested, say reducing the bush by about half because of the chance of windrock, then finish off in spring.  Like everyone has said they're pretty indestructible and remember they can grow out of mortar joints 20ft up a house so I don't think you can go too far wrong!

11/11/2012 at 13:17

Thanks all of you. I'll carry on doing what I've always done.

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