Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Why won't some Plants Bloom?

Every gardener, whether experienced or a beginner, has had trouble many times to get their flowers to bloom. No matter what you do, there seems to be no solution to fix this problem. Don’t worry or feel bad if your plant refuses to flower. There can be various reasons for it to behave this way. To initiate the appearance of buds, there may be some type of process or stimulus to go about it. Here you will learn why plants flower before you understand the process of getting them to flower.

There is only one purpose for the existence of flowers and that is pollination. The showy and attractive blooms are meant to attract animals and insects to do their work for them. For example, a bee visiting a flower to get nectar but at the same time it carries some of the pollen of that plant to another unwittingly. So this results in plants getting productive and fruitful.

Take a look at some species of plants listed below and learn why they don’t bloom at the said time.

Hydrangea – These beautiful shrubs act stubborn and won’t bloom because: They may have grown too much in shade. They may have been pruned at the wrong time of year. The flowers would have frozen during the cold months and then quickly defrosted during spring season.

Wisteria – These gorgeous flowers produced by the queen of flowering vines has a wonderful fragrance and grows quickly. It can also be a shy bloomer and may not bloom for a variety of reasons like: They may be pruned in early summer after the flowering period. They would have been given too much fertilizer which causes them to put all their energy into the growth of leaves. Their flowers would have frozen during the cold months and then quickly defrosted during spring season.

Lilac – These great looking shrubs have wonderfully fragrant flowers. But at times they don’t reward with blooms because: They may have been grown in shady areas. Lilacs need lots of light and need to be kept in places with full access to sunlight in order to produce blossoms. They may have been pruned in early summer where their flowers are removed before they open.

Bougainvillea – These vines may be shy to produce blooms for a variety of reasons like: They may have been grown in shady areas. Bougainvilleas are sun worshippers and need lots of sunlight in order to produce blossoms. They may have been watered too much in winter which only produces a whole bunch of leaves but zero flowers. They may not have been given the right amount of fertilizers during spring and summer where the most number of nutrients is needed for them to grow.

Dogwood – These trees light up your yard and garden with beautiful blooms but they may not be producing the required amount of flowers because: They may be old to stop flowering well. After a span of 30-40 years, Dogwood trees don’t produce blossoms. On the other hand, they may be just a few years old and not mature enough to produce flowers. Disease and insects may have stressed the tree to the point where they stop flowering. You need to watch for wilted shoots, spotted leaves, or holes in the bark for signs. They may not have been given access to light. If you have planted them in fully shaded areas, move them to brighter spots in order to get blooms.

Daffodil – These flowers add colors to the yard or garden. There are some reasons why their bulbs are not flowering like: The leaves will absorb energy for the next year’s flowers. So you need to grow them in a bright spot and prevent cutting their foliage. Wait until they turn yellow. The bulbs may be too wet which would have caused them to rot. This stops the flowering process and the bulbs then die. Sometimes, older clumps may be crowding the new ones to thrive and grow. You need to dig them during the summer season and place them 6 inches apart from each bulb.

Tulip – These flowers put on a great spring show in your garden landscape. They come in a wide variety of colors and are real show-stoppers. They don’t bloom properly because: They are similar to daffodils as even their leaves will absorb energy for the next year’s flowers. So you need to grow them in a bright spot and prevent cutting their foliage. Wait until they turn yellow. They have a short life and will bloom only for the first few years before the bulbs begin to exhaust themselves. Small critters like deers and rabbits love the blooms and will eat the flowers right off the stem. So protect your buds with fences or natural repellents.

Rose – These elegant flowers lend beauty to a garden. They don’t produce flowers for reasons like: They are grown in fully shaded area. So grow them in full sun as they don’t flourish in less-than-bright spots. Some Hybrid varieties may have been grown on another rose’s roots. So if the hybrid plant dies, the root plant takes over. These are not good bloomers so it is best to replace them. Disease and insects may have stressed the plant to the point where they stop flowering. Watch for brown, yellow, black spots and other symptoms.

Hibiscus – These flowers are showpieces owing to their size and color. There may be reasons why they don’t produce gorgeous blooms like: They may not be getting sufficient sunlight to acquire energy and produce flowers. They may be pruned too hard. The flowers bloom during a new growth cycle, so don’t cut off the young branches where flowers can bloom. They may be improperly fertilized. The plant is a heavy feeder so it’s important to have a rich soil and fertilize it regularly.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Power Perennials for your backyard

Perennials are plants that thrive and grow for more than two seasons. The top portion dies during winter and re-grows from the same root system during spring. There are many varieties of perennials that keep their leaves throughout the year and offer groundcovers or attractive borders. Here is a list of tough-as-nails perennials that can add some flower power to your landscape.
  • Daylily – These plants will blossom beautifully in sunny spots and are practically indestructible. They are insect, drought resistant and easy-care perennials that form large clumps. They offer a variety of colors and bicolors and should be divided every three to four years.
  • Buddleia – These plants commonly called the butterfly bush, will produce an abundance of nectar-rich, fragrant flowers during the whole of summer.  They are flowering shrubs which die back only to grow bigger and better the following spring. The flowers bloom in a variety of colors like blue, white, red, pink, purple, lavender and yellow when planted in sunny spots. They look their best in containers or in flower borders.
  • Russian Sage – These plants add a burst of color to your fall or late summer garden. Native to Central America, these perennials thrive in hot, dry conditions. Their eye-popping flowers with a bluish-purple tinge paired with fragrant, silvery foliage appear during the mid or late summer season and retain their colors for many weeks.
  • Hellebore – These plants burst into full bloom during the winter season. Their spirit lifting flowers excel in shade gardens owing to their white, rose, pink, green, yellow, purple, bicolored or spotted colors. Often called Christmas Rose or Lenten, they bring an inviting aura into all the dark corners of your landscape. They also make wonderful companions for flowers like Scilla and Narcissus. The plants are rabbit and deer resistant.
  • Sedum – These plants almost require no care so, make sure to put them on top of your gardening shopping list. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Even though scrappy looking, they won’t die out during heat, drought, winter cold or infestation. Dragon’s Blood sedum is an excellent choice as it makes for an excellent groundcover for sloping areas. They are fast-growing creepers with pretty green and red foliage. They should be grown in sunny spots with a bit of partial shade.
  • Baptisia – These plants also called False Indigo can live for many years, even decades. A shrub-like perennial, the plants develop graceful and beautiful stalks of white, blue, yellow or purple flowers during the early spring season. The plants look terrific even when they are not in bloom owing to their pretty looking blue-green, pea-like foliage.
  • Coneflower – These plants are hybridized perennials that are found growing in the wild on the American prairie. They grow best in the sun, but can tolerate some light shade. Their colors vary from traditional white, yellow, orange, red and purple shades. They are grown as single-flowering forms and also as double or triple petal packed varieties. They are attractive to butterflies and birds and will bloom during early summer and fall season. 
  • Peony – These gorgeous plants are sun lovers which will bloom for decades. They get bigger and better each year. They are available in a variety of colors, shades and flower forms which includes singles, doubles, and semi-doubles. They are ideal choices for fresh cut bouquets owing to their sweet-smelling flowers.  They bloom during the months of May and June.