Schipka laurel - Knowledgebase Question

cumberland, md
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Question by wwitte28
January 15, 2006
Why doesn't my schipka laurel bloom? It had blooms on it when we bought it, but it has not bloomed since. The plant is about 5 years old. Please advise.
thank you
william witte

Answer from NGA
January 15, 2006
There are only two reasons a laurel would refuse to bloom. The first is immaturity, but since it was blooming when you first bought it, we'll eliminate the possibility of it being too young to bloom. The second reason for non-blooming is poor growing conditions. Cherry laurels perform best in moist, well-drained soil supplemented with organic matter. Plant in partial shade to full sun. This plant tolerates salt spray and heavy shearing. check to make sure your shrub is getting the sunshine and well draining soil it requires. Be sure to avoid excessive fertilization, such as it might receive if planted near a lawn. Too much nitrogen fertilizer will result in lots of foliage, at the expense of flowers. You might also try pruning it back a bit. Schipka laurels produce flowers on new growth. Best wishes with your landscape!

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