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Replacing buddleia with buddleia

When we moved there was a lovely, totally unpruned buddleia.  Took 4 years to get it into shape, but then was gorgeous for 4 more years.  Last year, when doing the big prune at the end of Feb, I noticed a large split in the lower trunk, filled with fungus/mould.  It hadn't flowered particularly well in 2018 but I thought that might have something to do with the drought.  So, up it came.  I replaced it with a white one, small but in flower.  This year, following its very careful pruning, it has grown beautifully; the only problem is, it is very lush in leaf but no buds at all.  Should I not have put it in the same place?  It's in light shade until around 1 p.m. and then in full sun.  Heavy clay soil but I keep mulching with compost and did lots of digging in of organic materials prior to planting.  Any ideas?  Should I move it, or what...?  It's too late for the tomato feed I think.

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  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,400
    It maybe that you're cosseting it too much  :) 
    Buddleia are pretty tough and the fact it's putting on lush growth makes me wonder if that's the case.
    Maybe someone else can advise. 
  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291
    Actually, it just gets left there to do its own thing, getting water along with the rest of the border if it's needed and a general chat during the evening/morning check of the estate!  Which is exactly how I have treated other buddleias during our peripatetic life - and none of them 'sulked' like this one is doing.:|
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,584
    I have no signs of buds on any of mine yet.  I wouldn’t worry yet. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,400
    There's always one ! I have a white flowered one that is later coming into flower than my dark purple one. Maybe they're slow to get going.
  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 291
    Oh, so I'm not the only one.  I thought it had perhaps been listening to the poem "The World is Closed Today" (check it out) and had decided that it would continue to hibernate.  As it's obviously healthy, I shan't worry too much then.  Thanks, Forkers - as always, you rise to the challenge!  Stay safe, y'all!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179
    Mine is only just growing. Ages before they'll be buds. :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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