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Can you cheese chop a buddleja?

CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
I have a random Buddleja that must have self seeded.  I'm not a fan of them really but wondered if I Chelsea chopped it would it stay shorter and have more blooms or does it not work for this plant?  Thankyou


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,972
    I hack mine back whenever it gets out of hand/too tall but it always fights back with long shoots with more blooms on the ends, so, no, it doesn't stay short I'm afraid.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
    ok thanks @Lizzie27 - just realised I put CHEESE! 🤪
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose Posts: 538
    I thought it was a new gardening method there 🤣🤣

    I actually thought that I had killed my budlea this spring as I had cut it right back then we got a very cold snap. It seemed not to be growing new shoots at it's normal time. Then all of a sudden it started and it is now bushier than I have ever seen it.

    Budlea do like a really good chop. I think they can be quite indestructible 🤣
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,987
    I was wondering what a cheese chop was.. some gardening term I hadn't come across yet, I was hoping to learn more.  😁
    Utah, USA.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    A cheese chop is vegetarian for a pork chop.
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
    @PurpleRose @Blue Onion @Joshua47 😂😂 Love the veggie Pork chop idea!  
    I know that they need to be cut in spring and you can be quite hard with them as they usually put on lots of growth.  (used to have a large one until I got rid of it). This little one is self sown and has all fleshy growth and just wondered if it worked in same way as the Chelsea chop does for other things (keeping them shorter and bushier with perhaps more flowers)
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,839
    If you don't really want it I would have thought it a natural subject for an experiment.  Chop away and see what happens but, at this stage in the year, make sure you leave some foliage to feed it while it recovers.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 617
    thanks @obelix I will give it a go! 
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