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Magda North Scotland

We have recently acquired a building plot and I cut back a buddleia in April which had clearly been left for years without pruning.  Healthy new shoots appeared and have grown quite long, but they are now falling over and some breaking off.   Is there something wrong with the tree or is it just the bad weather (a lot of rain) and possibly the result of recent wind damage or is there something more sinister?  Also, is it worth tying up the growth that is still alive but bent over?


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,884
    Did you cut it right down to the ground, if not it could be floppy, I would leave it now or you’ll cut the flowers off, bare in mind for next year, hard prune is what they need. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • It is normal for the lower branches to grow more horizontally as they get longer, but I would not expect branches to break off. Could you give us some photos to illustrate the problem?
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