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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: Buddleia in a pot? Reply with quote

I've been given a cutting from a Buddleia plant and from what I've seen and read it's just not suitable at all for my titchy garden. However I do have a vast patio with many containers on and if it's possible the Buddleia could go into on and be kept tame and smaller that way

What do you think; possible for pipe dream?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can be kept smaller but it will be to the detriment of the flowers. Because the woody stems and narrow leaves are not much to look at, any reduction in flowers would make me think twice about putting it in.
What size of a container are we talking, as You would need at least a half barrel?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking of a rather large one. Dunnes have some huge ones at the moment that I was thinking of using.

I hear what you saying about being to the detriment of the flowers - I'm just wondering how much of a detriment it would be.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for dragging up an old post, but did you manage to grow the Buddleia in the large pot?

I thought they were considered a weed as massive Buddleia are growing outside the back wall of my house. The flowers are beautiful, but the wall is 10ft high and these guy are towering over them.

I've seen that they're fantastic for attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects, but I too was wondering could they be grown and and kept under control in a large pot in the garden?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are many forms and varieties of Buddleia including B. alternifolia which is a garden escape but they are not a suitable plant for a pot.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would have thought they'd have grown anywhere since growing anywhere seems to be their forte.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the replies!

Since the post I've seen the same plant in a few gardens around the area, and also growing in the park in Adare Village. Some of them are massive plants, so I'm not sure how well I'd be able to keep it under control or how well it would react to constant pruning.

But I might take a clipping and put it in a large pot and see how it goes. Smile
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