Snowball bushes not blooming - Knowledgebase Question

East Lansing, Mi
Question by guggemossb
May 13, 2010
I have two snowball bushes that are just four years old and they only get about 2-3 flowers on each bush. They should be profusely blooming this time of year. Any suggestions

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010


You're right - four year old snowball bushes should be loaded with flowers. There are only a few things that will keep them from blooming; pruning at the wrong time of the year, and lack of sufficient sunshine. Because they develop flower buds in the summer, snowball bushes (Viburnum opulus) should be pruned immediately after flowering. This allows a full growing season for them to produce new stems and develop flower buds for the following year's display. It's possible you pruned at the wrong time, or pruned too severely. Don't prune this year - your snowball bush should flower right on time next year. Hope this solves the problem!

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