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Joy48Joy48 Posts: 1

My buddleja is 3 years old and has grown very well until now. It has only grown to half of its normal growth this year and most of the flower buds are tiny and distorted, not growing to any size. The leaves on the same stems are curled. Should I cut it down now and see if it will grow oK next year, leave it or dig it up?

Last edited: 26 July 2016 20:29:06


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,182

    I wouldn't give up on it Joy. They are pretty tough things. Have a little poke round in the soil and see if you can spot any vine weevils.I wouldn't cut it back just yet either.

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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Have a look at the curled up leaves and see if there are any aphids or such like in them (although I have never known aphids to go for buddleia). 

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Aphids have had a go at mine this year as well. There some lax growth as well, I suspect the wet weather has played it's part.

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