Growing Calendar for Buddleja Royal Red
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Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’, also known as the Butterfly Bush, produces spikes of honey-scented, dark red, almost purple flowers, on top of arching stems from midsummer. These flowers are loved by butterflies and other nectar feeding insects and so is the perfect choice for a wildflower garden. ‘Royal Red’ is an excellent variety because it produces some of the biggest flowers of all the davidii species sometime up to 50cm long especially if pruned hard during spring. The foliage is also attractive, turning a butter-yellow during autumn. A wonderful specimen plant which will flower for a long period of time if dead headed regularly.
Dig a hole large and deep enough to take the plant’s root ball.
Gently tap the plant out of its pot without disturbing the soil around the roots.
Position the plant in the hole so the plant’s crown is level with the surface and sits at the same depth as it was in the pot; make sure the roots are in direct contact with the soil.
Backfill with the excavated soil, enriched with humus-rich garden compost and firm in gently.
Water to settle the soil around the roots.
Aftercare Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more to take their place.
Watering: Water regularly in the first few weeks after planting and then make sure the plants are kept moist in dry spell; but don’t overwater. Plants will send their roots down in search of moisture as they grow.
Feeding: Give plants a boost if necessary with a handful of granular feed hoed into the soil in spring.
Pruning: Every year in early spring prune buddleja hard back to a strong bud low down on the plant. This will keep the plants manageable and encourage plenty of new flowers.
Protect: Keep pests and disease at bay with our range of bug killers and fungicides.
good condition of the plant
Shrubs offer visual interest all year round – whether in full leaf, full bloom or with bare stems set against the winter sky.
If you want to add height to your garden and increase the vertical interest consider planting a tree in your garden. There are trees particularly suited for gardens which don’t grow out of proportion to your property or develop too thick a canopy that blocks out sunlight.
Advice on how to plant bare roots.
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