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Pruning buddleia davidii

KT53KT53 Posts: 8,941

Dead flower heads on the buddleia are looking scruffy.  As it's a pretty tough plant would I be doing any harm if I cut the flowering stems back at present?

I know to hard prune in spring.


  • None whatsoever, good infact as it helps prevent the spread of their seeds.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,705

    Hi KT53. After flowering I cut my Buddleja back by 2/3rds and then, like you said, they get cut back to 30 cm in Spring and I also remove some of the older, gnarly braches completely in Spring.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,705

    That should have said 'branches'!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,716

    I do the same as Ladybird - if I remember  image

    I often just prune odd branches  back (at any time) if all the flowers are completely gone from them. It keeps the shrub in shape too.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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