Mountain Laurel - Knowledgebase Question

Middle Village, Ne
Question by kathleenrob
June 7, 2008
My Mountain Laurel has many branches that do not produce flowers. It is in bloom now. When and how such I prune it? Should I fertilize it for added growth and flowers? Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
June 7, 2008

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Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) tends to be a shy bloomer and needs to mature to a certain age before it will bloom well. Assuming the plant is healthy and growing well, all you can do is be patient. In some cases a sunnier location will encourage a plant to bloom better than in deeper shade. If you decide to prune, wait until the flowering has stopped and then trim back up to one-third. Your plant should respond with lots of healthy new growth, and lots of flowers next year. You can feed your shrub with a 5-10-10 general purpose garden fertilizer, in amounts as recommended on the label.

Best wishes with your garden!

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