red doogwood tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by marcias0
April 24, 2010
I have a red dogwood tree that I purchased from home depot 3 years ago. Each year it had red blooms on it, but this year the blooms are white, with some red shading in the edges of the blooms. What could be the reason for this,and what can I do to make this tree have red blooms? I am thinking it made need to have a more acidic soil, could that be what's causing this to happen? Thank you !!

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010
Lack of nutrition is the most common cause of pale color in both the leaves and the flowers. You can feed with an acidified fertilizer such as Miracid or Miracle Gro, or one formulated especially for rhododendrons and camellias. This should increase the acidity and make nutrients more available to the roots of your flowering dogwood tree. Hope this makes a big change in the flower color next year!

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