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.

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