Why Won’t The Flowers In My Garden Bloom?
It’s mid-spring; past the frost date in most of the northern part of the country and flowers are starting to show up at many retail outlets. Nurseries and big-box outlets have annual, perennial, and vegetable plants in plentiful supply, with more showing up each week. Hanging plants are full of wonderful, eye-popping colors.
At home, planters are filled with a variety of flowers; colors are mixed to provide the most beautiful show in the neighborhood. Hanging plants are positioned for maximum visibility and enjoyment, hopefully for the entire summer season.
Then, just a few days later, you notice the flowers curling; planters seem to be thinning out in the center of the pot; leaves begin to droop, and new flowers simply are not there. Why? What is causing the plants to go south? Why aren’t the flowers blooming?
The answer may or may not be simple or obvious. A lack of flowering, for example, can be caused by dumping on too much nitrogen. Green portions of the plant are going crazy but with little to no new flowers. A fertilizer labeled as promoting blooms or flowering with a higher percentage of Phosphorus and Potassium will deliver a more appropriate mix of nutrients, designed to promote not just healthy growth but flowering at the same time.
Excess heat or cold can stop flowering. Too much or not enough sunshine may also be the culprit. At times, over-watering can flood the roots and literally stop all growth!
It makes sense to check out the planting and maintenance recommendations for each of the flowering plants you have selected. Your local nursery or extension service will have plenty of easy-to-access information on maximizing the health and beauty of flowering plants in your specific geographical location.
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