Non Flowering Bradford Pear - Knowledgebase Question

Savannah, TN
Question by ctn03224
April 24, 2000
I have a Bradford Pear I planted seversl years ago that grows good, but will not get flowers, none at all. Is there anything I can do to get it to flower? I asked over 2 weeks ago and havnt gotten an answer, Please if you cant answer please let me know. thank you . PS I forgot to say that the tree is in the sun, but gets evening shade. thanks


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000

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I'm sorry about your previous question. I don't know how it got lost.
There are a few possibilities to your non-flowering Bradford Pear. The tree does need full sun in order to flower, and you've indicated that is not the problem. How old/big is the tree? Perhaps it's still too young to flower. What have the weather conditions been like the past springs? Have there been late frosts which would have destroyed any buds? What about fertilizing? Do you do that on a regular basis? If so, what type of fertilizer are you using? If it is high nitrogen (the first number of the 3 listed) then that could be your problem. High nitrogen could cause excessive leaf growth at the expense of the flowers. Are you (or neighbors) spraying or using any chemicals for anything else in the area? If so, it's important to know what chemicals might be used. What about pruning? Are you pruning excessively? Is there a lot of competition from other trees in the immediate landscape? Did you get this tree from a reliable dealer, so that you are sure it's actually a Bradford Pear? If none of these are possibilities, I would suggest you contact your local county agent (901) 925-3441 to see if perhaps there have been any regional problems that may have caused your Bradford pear to not bloom.

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