The Q&A Archives: No blooms on viburnum

Question: I planted a 3 gallon viburnum plicatum 'Shasta' last March and it bloomed profusely in April. This year, however, it only put out one little bloom. Can you tell me why, and what I might do next year to promote better blooming?

Answer: Shasta will grow in full sun to part shade, in rich, loose, well-draining soils. It likes things on the moist side. The lack of flower production could be because it is getting too much shade or not enough water. Flower buds will be formed this summer for next spring's floral display so take extra care with watering so it will put on healthy new growth, including flower buds. Sometimes plants are stressed enough during transplanting that their growth (and flowering) is retarded for a season. Don't give up on your beautiful shrub. It will adapt to its new home and reward you with lots of glorious blooms. Just be patient!

Best wishes with your landscape!

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