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Buddleia plant has stopped flowering

fiba10914fiba10914 Posts: 18

I'm very new to gardening but love it and really want to learn where I go wrong. I bought a buddleia plant about 5 weeks ago. It was from homebase and in a smallish pot about 2/3L I think. It had quite a few flowers already on it and in the weeks after planting it seemed to do well, feeding it miracle grow every couple of weeks and watering it daily.  

My problem is the last week I noticed the flower heads were dying so I pruned then as I understand that's what you're supposed to do. This morning all my flower heads are dead and I'd say the stems look I silver colour with some damage to the leaves. I've searched but can't find any advice on this so thought I'd ask on here if anyone knows of relaly appreciate opinions and advice. I have added a couple of pictures of the plant after I have printed all the dead flower heads off.

Thanks in advance


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,132
    No pictures.
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  • fiba10914fiba10914 Posts: 18
    Hmm now my pictures won't upload I will try individual ones
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  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Welcome! Your pictures haven't appeared. They might be too big so try reducing their size.
    It is possible that you are being too kind to it. I can't ever remember feeding mine! When you consider where they can grow - at the top of a derelict building,  on roadside verges, they manage without soil. It might be easier to advise if you can post some pictures. 
  • fiba10914fiba10914 Posts: 18
    Thanks! I have now managed to post two pictures 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,648
    try reducing the file size if you're having trouble uploading photos. It's possible it has some sort of disease - pics needed to diagnose - but they are pretty tough (I have killed a couple though, so it can be done).

    One other possibility is you're making it too comfortable, with the watering and feeding. A lot of plants don't produce flowers if they are feeling fat - especially young plants. Flowers take quite a lot of resources for a plant, so if they don't expect imminent death, they don't expend the energy on the next generation (i.e. flowers and then seeds), they just grow roots and leaves to make a stronger plant. 

    Buddleia grow out of walls and roof gutters. Watering it to help it along when it's newly planted is good, but I'd not be doing it more than once a week unless it's being absolutely baked and there's very little soil where you've planted it. And feeding it is probably not necessary more than maybe every 6 weeks, unless it's planted in a rubble heap.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • fiba10914fiba10914 Posts: 18
    Ok thanks I will stop watering it as much. I was worried it has a disease or something.  I have posted two pictures above, am I the only one who can see them  or are they visible to others too?
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Yes your pictures are there.
  • EricaheatherEricaheather Posts: 204
    I can see them. They must have just took their time uploading
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