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Buddleia davidii, or butterfly bush, hosts many hungry pollinators on its abundant, nectar filled blossoms each summer. I enjoy the beautiful creatures it attracts as much as I enjoy its brilliant blossoms.
These deciduous shrubs tend to be short lived. They want plenty of sun and prefer rich, moist soil. We lost several over the last few years, and had only one remaining last fall.
Buddleia want to be frequently pruned. The bloom on new growth, and produce abundant blooms until frost if you faithfully dead head their spent blossoms.
They also need to be cut back very hard each winter. If left to grow unpruned, they can soon grow too tall and gangling, falling this way and that from their own weight. That said, I’ve never had one grazed by deer.
When I pruned our butterfly bush in the late fall, I was inspired to stick lengths of the pruned stems into a large pot, around a winter blooming Helleborus. I wasn’t confident that these woody stem cuttings would root, but decided to take the chance. By early spring, we noticed new buds and leaves appearing and we could tell roots had formed.
I transplanted most of the rooted cuttings out into the front garden when I refreshed the pot in late spring. But we left the largest and strongest in place to grow on this summer in the pot.
All of the rooted cuttings have put on abundant growth this summer and are now well-established and blooming. A seedling Rudbeckia has also appeared in the pot along with a Caladium I tucked in this May, some Verbena cuttings I planted in June, and a division of Dichondra argentea.
If this sounds like shamefully haphazard planting, well…. what can I say?
The Hellebore took a long time to die back, as did the foliage of the daffodil bulbs still nestled deep in the pot. Spreading Colocasia plants have sprung up all around, hugging the pot with their huge leaves. It may look a bit wild and woolly, but I can promise you that the many hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and this lovely hummingbird moth are happy with the abundance.
Plants basically want to live. The magic of simple propagation, whether from stem cuttings, division or saved seeds; is their will to survive against all odds.
The next time you find yourself pruning, consider whether you have space or desire for more of the plant you’re trimming back. Green stems generally root well in water. Woody stems will root in soil or a soil-less medium like vermiculite or sand.
There are finer points to it, depending on the time of year you take your cuttings. But why not take a chance and give those pruning an opportunity to root? Look at the beauty you have to gain! This is an easy and inexpensive way to give yourself impressive small shrubs for your large pots, too.
Propagate your way into a full, lush garden filled with plants that you like, and that grow well in your conditions. Doesn’t it seem a bit magical that a blossom this beautiful will grow from a pruned stem, that would otherwise have been tossed away?
Woodland Gnome 2017
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