WHY AREN’T MY FLOWERS BLOOMING?
There are many reasons why flowers may not bloom, some of which we can control and others that are just a part of nature.
Gardening requires a lot of patience, though unfortunately sometimes our flowers simply do not bloom. There are many reasons why flowers may not bloom, some of which we can control and others that are just a part of nature. We’ve put together some reasons why your flowers may not be blooming this Summer.
YOU’RE USING TOO MUCH FERTILISER
Fertiliser is used by many gardeners, particularly for promoting green and leafy growth. However, using fertiliser can stunt the growth of the flowers themselves. If your plants look healthy but are showing signs of distress, you should firstly ensure they are getting sun, water and are not experiencing diseases or pests. If you feel it is needed, test your soil to ensure the pH level is as it should be.
THEY’RE NOT IN THE SUN
Most flowers will require around six hours of sun a day to set their buds; the sun is needed for flowers to photosynthesise. If flowers don’t get enough sun, they will become stressed. One of the first things a plant does when it becomes stressed is drop its flowers and buds in order to put all of its energy into staying alive. The warmth of the sun is also needed for a flower to open, so ensure it is in reach of the sun, and research as to what kind of heat the flower can withstand.
THEY’RE TOO YOUNG
Most flowers will not be ready to bloom until they have put down roots and have been given a season or more to mature. Flowering takes a lot of energy from a plant, so it’s important to be patient as you wait for your flowers to bloom. You may also notice that some plants die shortly after flowering; deadheading a plant before it has a chance to set seed can force it to bloom once more.
At Polhill Garden Centre, we update our monthly gardening guides every month to ensure you have the advice needed for a gorgeous garden bloom. Our gardening and plants department experts are always on hand to help you if you should need it.