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Pleinhauser
Jul 13, 2019 7:38 AM CST
So I noticed this year all my plants are growing really tall and they seem like they should have flowered by now. I'm thinking there is too much nitrogen in the soil. What should i add to make them bloom but i want to make sure i dont add more nitrogen tho. Suggestions please!!
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katesflowers
Jul 13, 2019 9:46 AM CST
Hi Plien !
First step - identify the plants you know you planted with a plant tag. That way when weeds sprout, you'll know early on and pull them out. In picture # one in the background see hosta blooming nicely; and in the foreground to the left I see a green single stem weed known as Conzya
canadensis (L) Cronq. - aka Marestail, no bloom yet. In picture # two I see a sunflower on left but cannot see the top of the sunflower in your photo; in the middle of the photo is lavender & Marestail growing among your lavender. In picture 3 I see blue batchelor buttons staked & blooming, but the green, single stem, taller plants growing among them are probably the same weeds. The weed, if allowed to bloom, will create seeds, you want them gone before they bloom.

Marestail is a tough & invaisive weed here in Michigan farm fields. Local farmers tell me it is resistant to Roundup, their herbicide of choice. So they are using a more concentrated version of Roundup to kill it.
As an Organic farmer/gardener, when I hear this I cringe, wondering how many ways can mankind poison themselves?
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Calif_Sue
Jul 13, 2019 10:13 AM CST

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I agree with Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) (Conyza canadensis is a synonym)
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DaisyI
Jul 13, 2019 10:26 AM CST
They pull easily - no reason to get out the big guns. If those are the plants you are referring to, they can get 6 ft tall before they bloom.

If you are using a well balanced fertilizer, there should not be excess nitrogen in your soil. If you are fertilizing by adding whatever you think your garden might need at the moment, you are headed for trouble.
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sallyg
Jul 13, 2019 11:00 AM CST
We've had a lot of rain. I think it's just 'lush growth'. (Aside from those Conyza shooting up here and there)
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BigBill
Jul 13, 2019 11:38 AM CST
I think that it is all about rainfall. Here in SE Michigan we have had 32" of rain and last year it was 24 something. That has to have had an impact here and by you if you had more rain.
I would be careful with fertilizer. I only fertilize three times a season. Mid April, late May and late June. If you give them too much with increased rainfall, that could account for what you are seeing.
My coneflowers are huge this year! Twice as large as last year. They are 3 1/2' tall compared to 24-30" and I have 3X as many flowers and the flowers are 50% bigger. The ONLY change was more rainfall!!
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katesflowers
Jul 13, 2019 11:43 AM CST
Thank you, Arturo. A thoughtful gesture.
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Jul 13, 2019 11:44 AM CST

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katesflowers said:Thank you, Arturo. A thoughtful gesture.


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katesflowers
Jul 13, 2019 2:06 PM CST
Sue, Arturo gifted me an acorn, I am thanking him. He is watching.
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Jul 13, 2019 4:47 PM CST

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starbookworm
Jul 15, 2019 6:55 PM CST
BigBill said:I think that it is all about rainfall. Here in SE Michigan we have had 32" of rain and last year it was 24 something. That has to have had an impact here and by you if you had more rain.
I would be careful with fertilizer. I only fertilize three times a season. Mid April, late May and late June. If you give them too much with increased rainfall, that could account for what you are seeing.
My coneflowers are huge this year! Twice as large as last year. They are 3 1/2' tall compared to 24-30" and I have 3X as many flowers and the flowers are 50% bigger. The ONLY change was more rainfall!!


My shasta daisies are MONSTERS. They are on rain steroids for sure. Somehow even my succulents haven't drowned, but super bloomed.
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