Answer: It sounds like you've done everything correctly, but maybe the plants were lacking phosphorus, which is essential for bud production. Phosphorus is the nutrient that has the least mobility in the soil, so it's sometimes hard to keep enough available for plant uptake. I recommend that you mulch with straw and continue to water well during the heat of summer. Feed plants every two weeks with compost/manure tea, fish emulsion or foliar feed with seaweed fertilizer. This should turn things around. Ifyou want to know for sure what nutrients may be lacking, contact your extension service (ph# 314/528-4613) for soil test info. Here's to a bumper crop in '98!
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