Transplanting a Butterfly Bush?

Can a butterfly bush be transplanted after it has been planted in the ground for 13 months? It was given in memory of my 20 year old son's murder in 7/06. My sister says it will die and I should buy another one, but it was given by my brother and I want THAT BUSH because it was bought for a special purpose! Please tell me it will be safe to move it to my new home.


Hardiness Zone: 7a

Robin from Hanover, PA

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By Elaine (Guest Post)
November 15, 20071 found this helpful

Yes, you can transplant a butterfly bush. I see that you are from Pennsylvania and I think that is gardening zone 5 so it would be better if you waited till spring to do it. I would cut it back some then and then transplant. It should be fine. They are very resilient.

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I love it. Don't forget to include where you live, [town and state] and the location information. [where you want to plant it.] I like to tell them everything, like if it is a shady or sunny location, what the soil is like etc.. It gives them a lot more ability to give advice. Good luck!

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By KIm Robinson (Guest Post)
June 28, 20081 found this helpful

I live in south eastern ct. and I planted a butterfly bush 3 years ago. It is taking over that part of my garden. Can I transplant a portion of it or do I have to transplant the whole thing? mskimberlyr AT

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June 11, 20121 found this helpful

I moved one and it died shortly after. I would take some cuttings to root just in case something happens to the original bush. The cuttings root and grow quite easily.

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