Confused Shrubs & Trees Bloomed Last Fall

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dogwood in bloom

If you may remember last fall after the hurricanes, there were many spring blooming plants in our area that flowered. In my yard, it was the tulip magnolia. I also saw forsythia, cherry, apricot, and others in local landscapes that were in bloom. These plants were tricked into blooming by the hot weather of summer that was followed by the rain and cooler temperatures during and following the hurricanes.

Plants that bloom at the wrong time of year will not be hurt by it, but most likely they will not produce flowers in the spring. Plants that flower in the spring develop their flower buds at the end of the summer of the previous year. So if your normal spring flowering plants, flowered in the fall, they bloomed on those newly formed flower buds and may not have had time to develop new buds before they became dormant with the colder weather of fall and winter. If you do not see flowers this spring, don’t worry the plants will develop new buds during late summer and you should see flowers the following spring.

Last week I spoke to the timing for pruning flowering shrubs & trees and improper timing can be another reason why your spring flower plants may not bloom. If you prune them in winter, you are removing the flower buds. The best timing for pruning spring flowering plants is immediately after they finish blooming and no later than July 4.

Join the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Union County for their Successful Gardener program on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be UC EMGV Suzanne Wilkerson who will discuss Landscape Design & Maintenance for Slopes.

The program is free and held at the Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Rd, Monroe.