Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lb6507
April 8, 2010
We purchased this Dogwood tree from Home Depot in the Spring of 2008. When purchased and planted, it had numerous blooms on it. Last Spring (2009) the tree produced a single bloom. This year, the tree is begining to leaf and has not produced any blooms at all. Why? The whole reason we purchased this particular type of tree was to experience the spring show of blooms.


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Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010

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Stellar Pink is a vigorous and fast growing dogwood, especially if it is planted in full sunshine and well draining soil, is watered regularly to help it establish a sturdy root system and is fed in the early spring before new growth begins. It can take a year to become established in the garden and until it does, flowering can be retarded. I'd coax it along this summer and fall to help it establish well so it has the reserve energy to develop flowers next spring. Water it deeply once each week all summer and fall. You can make a watering basin or watering well by mounding up a few inches of soil all around the tree, about 12 inches out from the trunk. Plan to water deeply once each week during the growing season by filling the well with water, allowing it to drain, and then filling it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture directly over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. I think you'll see a difference in its growth this year and I suspect it will flower for you next spring. Enjoy!

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