Plant Problems - Why No Flower Blooms on Plants
Flower gardeners pamper their plants. Many brightly blooming flowers is their
reward. Home vegetable gardeners know that without flower blooms, there will
be no fruits and vegetables on their plants.
When the expected flower blooms do not arrive, it is a time of great angst.
Listed below are the common causes of no flower blooms, and how to cure the
problem. Read on.........
Fertilizer - Much Nitrogen, too little Phosphorous: This is perhaps
the number one cause of failure to bloom. If your plant is a fast growing,
lush green, you've given it plenty of Nitrogen. But, this is a major cause
of delaying the blooming period. The fertilizer that promotes blooming is
Phosphorous. It's the "not so secret" ingredient in rose fertilizers promoting
big, bright blooms. As the blooming period arrives, cut way back on the nitrogen,
and increase the phosphorous. You'll be ecstatic with the results.
Fertilizer - Calcium and other micro-nutrients: Among other things,
Calcium helps plants to take up other nutrients from the soil, like
phosphorous, which is essential to plants blooming. The lack of calcium in
soluble form, could keep the plant from taking in phosphorous. Other
mico-nutrients help the plant in various ways. Apply liquid calcium. Use
Miracle Grow, fish emulsion or seaweed, which are rich in micro-nutrients.
Not Enough Sunlight: This is one of the most common causes of
flowers failing to bloom. If there isn't enough light, the plant can not
support a flower. Sometimes there is far less light than the plant needs,
causing it to drop leaves, too. When sunlight, or artificial lighting isn't
sufficient, the plant does not bloom. Either increase sunlight to the
plant, or move ti to a sunnier location.
Improper Pruning: As a flower or a flowering bush gets to tall or
too bushy, we often take out the pruner to give it t trim. Or, we pinch black
the growing tips of plants, to get a bushier appearance. Eventually, you
have to stop pinching back the plant, or buds will not be able to form.
Frequently trimming the tops of plants to maintain a desired height, results
in cutting off buds as they form. The fix is easy... stop pruning your plants,
so they can put on a flowery display!
Temperatures: Low temperatures delay buds forming and opening. Extremely
cold weather can even kill buds. Protect plants on cold nights.
Age of Plant: Some plants are too young to produce flowers yet. They
haven't reached maturity. Some plants do not produce flowers until the second
year after planting. Lilac bushes, for example, produce their first bloom
after four to five years. All plants have an expected lifetime. At a certain
age bushes stop producing flowers.
Water - Insufficient Amounts: Dry soil and droughts can cause a plant
to delay, halt, and even abort flowers. The plant focuses upon survival,
reserving water to the main stem and leaves.
Insects: Some insects can kill buds and flower, often by eating them.
Aphids attach themselves to flower stems and suck vital juices, leaving little
for the flower to form and grow. Use insecticides as needed.
Related Gardening Topics:
Why no Lilac Blooms?
Plant Leaf Drop