The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Tree

Question: Our dogwood tree has good foliage but it hasn't bloomed for several years. We have tried fertilizer but that doesn't seem to help.
We had a tree professional look at it and he said that it does not have a disease. It is on the east side of our house....about twenty feet away.
Please help us get it to bloom. Thank you.

Answer: Dogwoods often are shy bloomers, meaning they need to settle in after planting which can take several years and then also gain sufficient maturity before they will bloom. The flower buds are formed the previous year, so any late season pruning would remove them; drought or stress the previous year can also reduce blooming. Dogwoods are shallow rooted and resent disturbance to their root zone, too. Probably the best thing you can do is make sure the plant receives enough water during dry spells so that the soil stays moist but not soggy or sopping wet. It should be kept moist right through fall until the ground freezes. Several inches of mulch over the root zone can help keep the soil cool and moist during the summer season.

Hope your dogwood blooms for you next spring!

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