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Question: I have two rose of sharon bushes.One in the front yard,which gets all kinds of buds but it does not bloom, the buds falls off. What is the problem. The one in the back yard is beautiful. Thank you.

Answer: If your plant looks otherwise healthy, the bud drop could be caused by gall midge. Place some buds in a sealable plastic bag. After a day or two, you may see the very small yellowish worm-like larva on the plastic. Control the midge affecting buds with Orthene sprays as recommended on the label. Hope this helps.

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