The Q&A Archives: Pink Dogwood

Question: I have a Pink Dogwood tree that only produces tiny blossoms and some of the blossoms have brownish tips. Is the tree lacking some type of nutrients??
Thank you.

Answer: These trees can be a bit slow to come into bloom, but if yours has been in the ground several years, it should have lots of blossoms. The tree needs a good soil that is humusy, evenly moist but not soggy, and well drained. It also needs a good amount of sun, at least a half a day, but a full day is preferrred. The root zone should be mulched year round with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark. This will help keep the soil moist as well as keep down weeds and protect the trunk from weed whacker damage. It is hardy in your area but if it is in a very exposed and windy location it may be a bit cold for it; if it is in a dry soil, it may need a bit more moisture during the summer; finally, avoid pruning it in fall or spring or you will be removing flower buds. You might also try giving it some compost and/or a complete granuilar fertilizer according to the label instructions each spring.

Best wishes with your dogwood!

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