The Q&A Archives: BUD DROPPING

Question: I have a TANGO TWIRL MANDEVILLA, that is growing as it should, but all of the buds have dropped off. Not one has opened. I bought the plant from

Answer: Charles,

Very strange. Bud drop is usually related to some type of stress or an insect feeding on the bloom buds. Inside the blooms you may have thrips doing damage. There is not a good way to get a spray to them inside the bloom. Outside something could be "stinging" the bloom bud (actually feeding on it with piercing sucking mouthparts) and causing it to abort. There are general sprays for insects that may be helpful but which are usually not needed for mandevilla.

If you feel the soil moisture is right then dry or soggy soil conditions, two common problems, are probably not the cause. I suggest if you have been feeding it a lot you stop for a while. If you have not been feeding it at all then give it a little in case this is nutrient related. Hopefully the plant will settle in and start blooming right.

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