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Old 04-03-2010, 01:07 AM
 
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I have a Butterfly Bush that was growing beautifully in a pot and I used too much fish emulsion on it. It is still growing in height, however, alot of the leaves got black and crunchy (burned). The main stem became crooked. It seemed OK, but I do not see any new leaves. I am very concerned about it. I purchased the bush last fall in a 5 gal. I was told to give it alot of water (fairly sandy soil) to help get the fish emulsion out but that hasn't helped much. I live in So Cal, so there is not much rain, which it really likes alot.

My raspberry bush is in a pot, I purchased it last summer. All of the leaves died last year, but when it began to rain it came back to life and looked great. I over fish emulsioned it at the same time and now it looks thin, and has brown on some of the leaves. What can I do to save my plants and have them healthy again? The bushes mean alot to me, it is the only time that I have over fertilized any plants. Thank you!
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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You might try repotting them in new pots with fresh soil... however, if they are already stressed, it might kill them. Maybe digging some of the soil out of the pots and replacing it with new soil might work...
Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Hi! I wasn't certain if that would create more trauma or relieve the plants ... thanks!
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Butterfly bush should be cut down in spring, so you can go ahead and cut it back to 6-12 inches. You'll need to control its size anyway in a pot, unless it's a dwarf plant. They are tough plants. Some consider them weeds in the PNW. They're on the invasive species list in Washington state.

I'm assuming your butterfly bush is buddleia and not some other plant that attracts butterflies.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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^ Good point. Raspberries should be pruned too. It's too late for heavy pruning (I think) but once it leafs out, you can tidy it up a bit.

How and When to Prune Raspberries and Blackberries
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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Hi! Thank you for the reply. It is the kind that attracts butterflies, FYI. I noticed some new growth, but it was still affected by the burning from the overusage of the fish emulsion. I transplanted it to a larger pot yesterday, maybe not as big as it should be as it was root bound. I rinsed off the roots but they were so tight they ripped when I tried to loosen them.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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I'll look at the Raspberry bush, but there is hardly any stems as it is since I had pruned it back during winter. Remember, it is pretty warm here compared to the rest of the country. No fruit on this bush either... thank you for your reply.
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