Dogwood not blooming

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  1. dbrock

    dbrock Member

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    I live in Alabama and have had this pink dogwood for several years now that has only bloomed once. It seems very healthy, why will it not bloom?

    I do not feed the tree. It is planted amoung pines and gets about have shade and half full sun. The tree is about 6 years old and the foliage is very nice and dark red as the season continues. The average cold temp. is around 35 to 40 degrees and the summers can get in the 90's often. I also have a white dogwood tree that has always bloomed.
     
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  2. douglas

    douglas Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi Dogwoods can be rather tempermental. If they are to happy they may not bloom. Can you give us any more info
    ie how cold do you get in the winter ? do you feed it ?
    ifso with what?

    I've dealt with this problem on the west coast and in North
    Carolina.
    Regards doug
     
  3. dbrock

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    I do not feed the tree. It is planted amoung pines and gets about have shade and half full sun. The tree is about 6 years old and the foliage is very nice and dark red as the season continues. The average cold temp. is around 35 to 40 degrees and the summers can get in the 90's often. I also have a white dogwood tree that has always bloomed.
     
  4. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I may be able to answer your question but I will
    need to know for sure which Dogwood are you
    alluding to, a Cornus florida or a Cornus kousa
    for example. There was a series of introductions
    back in the middle to late 80's that have not been
    proficient bloomers in many areas.

    If you can, show me what the plant looks like
    and include a pic of the leaf.

    Jim
     
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    Elmore Active Member 10 Years

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    I have a 10 year old dogwood, that never blooms. I was told that you can give the trunk a few hits with a bat and it wil force it into blooming. Anyone ever try this?
     
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    Gordo Active Member 10 Years

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    Yes, it may work, but be careful - if the bat survives, it may be a bad sign & you might have to resort to wearing garlic braids around your neck.
     
  8. Gordo

    Gordo Active Member 10 Years

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    On a more helpful note, I have heard anecdotes about tree whacking improving blooming, though I don't know how valid this idea is. Here is some discussion on this point:

    http://tinyurl.com/3p6adn
     

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