The Q&A Archives: Why Plants May Not Bloom

Question: My bee balm didn't bloom last year even though it came back as usual. What did I do wrong? I have had it several years and it always bloomed in the spring. Lu Anne Edwards Smithfield, VA

Answer: The only explanation I can offer is that the plant did not build up enough food reserves the year before. It takes a great deal of energy for a plant to bloom. If there is not enough energy, then the plant will "take the year off". I would suspect thatit will bloom this year. If not, help it along by with some fertilizer. Composted cow manure would be good.

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