The Q&A Archives: Kousa Dogwood - Lack of flowers

Question: We were given a Kousa Dogwood 4 years ago. 1st summer spent in pot and bloomed beautifully. Planted that fall. Transplanted next spring and boomed beautifully. (property was under construction - reason for transplanting). Last year not a single bud and none this year.
Soil is not well drained. Could this be the only reason for lack of bloom. Do they prefer an acid soil?

Will greatly appreciate any suggestions (we will improve drainage now that I know)

Answer: Is there a chance your dogwood flower buds were nipped by a frost? If yours is located in an area in which frost settles, or, is more exposed to frigid winds than it was before, this could be the problem. Also consider that your dogwood may need some time to establish itself before blooming again. The blooms it provided at first were because it had established itself in its former home. Transplanting any plant can be traumatic, and in almost every case will set a plant back a bit. If your dogwood is in otherwise good condition (healthy, no pests, no diseases) and it sounds like it is, you should have bloom next season. Dogwoods like a slightly acidic soil and need excellent drainage. To make your dogwood feel "extra special" try applying some organic matter (compost, composted cow manure, leaf mould, etc.) about 1-2" thick, around the base of the tree all the way out to the drip line - "mulch style". You may also want to fertilize the dogwood with a 5-10-10 (carefully following application instructions). Good Luck!

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