Planting butterfly lilacs - how to do it at the optimal time

Planting butterfly lilacs - how to do it at the optimal time

When is the planting time for the butterfly bush?

Shrubs and trees grown in the container can in principle be planted during the entire vegetation period, as long as the ground is not frozen. A young butterfly bush receives the best starting conditions in autumn. At this time, the soil is warmed up by the sun down to the depths. This advantage has a positive effect on the rooting, so that this process is completed in good time before the onset of winter.

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In which location does it bloom most beautifully?

Once the question of when has been answered, the focus is on where. Choose a location for your butterfly bush in autumn with these framework conditions:

  • Sunny, warm and sheltered location
  • Ideally in nutrient-rich, humus-rich, loose soil
  • Fresh to moderately dry

A butterfly lilac has no special demands on the soil acidity. The summer bloomer thrives in slightly acidic, neutral and alkaline soil, equally vital and healthy.

What should you watch out for when planting?

Soak the root ball in water before potting it for planting. In the meantime, dig a spacious pit and mix the excavated material with compost and horn shavings. (€ 6.39 at Amazon *) The previous planting depth should be retained if possible. Due to its extensive growth, we recommend a planting distance of at least 100 cm in the group and row. Press the soil firmly and water abundantly.

You can keep its urge to spread in check by lining the planting pit for a butterfly bush with a rot-proof root barrier. Alternatively, first put a bottomless masonry tub in the hole to plant the strong-growing shrub in it.


Autumn is not just the perfect time to plant a butterfly bush. At this time of year you can also cut cuttings for uncomplicated propagation. The ideal cutting is 20 cm long, leafless and has leaf knots at the top and bottom. In the propagation bed three-quarters of the way into the ground, watered regularly and protected with winter fleece, the offshoots root in no time at all.

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