Buddleia – Pugster Blue
Full sized flowers on a dwarf plant! Meet Pugster Blue® - it's a whole new look for butterfly bush. This compact plant reaches just 2'/.6 m tall and wide but has the large, full flowers normally seen on a much larger plant. It blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with true-blue flowers, each with a tiny yellow-orange eye in the center. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. Top three reasons to grow Pugster Blue® butterfly bush: 1. Appealing true-blue flowers add hard-to-find color to any type of garden or landscape. 2. It produces full-sized flowers on a compact, dwarf frame. 3. Thick, sturdy stems ensure better winter hardiness in zone 5 than other dwarf butterfly bush.
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
Fun Facts The name "Pugster" comes from these plants' resemblance to a pug - short, stocky, and cute! here are four colorful varieties to choose from: Pugster Blue, Pugster Periwinkle, Pugster Pink, and Pugster White.
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Needs Good Drainage
Pugster butterfly bushes make an excellent addition to flower gardens.
Please Note: Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush Buddleia is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of OR and WA.
*In zones 5 and colder it is not recommended for fall planting OR pruning.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Low
Blooms On New Wood
Heat Zones 9
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Edging Plant, Groundcover, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Soil Fertility Average Soil
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements Medium, High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 50 - 60° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Pinching and Growth Regulators
3-4 prunes will produce a very compact full three gallon. See Special Notes for additional pruning protocol.
Pest and Disease Management
Standard Pest and disease practices as laid out in the notes. Spider Mites, Aphids and Downy Mildew can be problematic.
-Plants are extremely susceptible to Spider Mites, scout and treat aggressively.
Buddleia will rebloom in approximately 4-6 weeks from a pinch or prune during the summer. Hence, having up to 3-4 crop cycles will allow you to continually have fresh product ready to sell covered with large terminal blooms.