The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Does Not Flower

Question: This is the second spring for my recently planted white dogwood. Last spring it bloomed normally. This spring, it is leafing without having budded or bloomed. Neighborhood dogwoods are all in bloom now. What is wrong with mine?

Answer: It may be suffering from a deficiency of phosphorus. This nutrient is the least mobile of the major nutrients, so plants have a hard time absorbing it until soil warms and the work of microoganisims makes it available. A humus-rich soil kept well mulched should have plenty of available phosphorus. Apply a liquid seaweed fertilizer or Liquid Bone Meal (available from Gardener's Supply Co.;; ph# 800/863-1700) and it should recover to bloom next year. Hope this helps!

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