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Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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tago
Apr 21, 2018 11:09 AM CST
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All buds. No flowers? Planted about a month ago and foliage seems healthy but the buds are not blooming.
Live in Sun City AZ and this should be a great time for new growth... what to do?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 21, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Howdy there, tago. @tago
Only one month ?
Be patient ! There are lots of buds on it.

Plus, I've found that they, and most all drought tolerant plants do better, with regular watering's.

Ttfn & Welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2018 3:16 PM CST
Hi tago, Welcome!

I see lots of buds too so as Philip said, be patient ... they should open to pretty blooms before long!
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Name: Danita
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Apr 21, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Hi Tago, Welcome!
The things that you think are "buds" are actually the old, bloomed-out spikes of flowers (inflorescence) from its last flush of blooms. You may find seeds in them but they won't give you any more flowers. The new spikes of flowers will develop at the tips of the new growth. They will start out very tiny and grow larger. Some of the older Lavandula stoechas cultivars only give one decent flush of flowers in the spring (in my climate anyway) but some of the newer cultivars are supposed to have a longer blooming season. Smiling
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2018 3:34 PM CST
LOL, I thought they were buds too! Green Grin!
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 21, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Yeah, I think this plant likes to confuse people! Hilarious! We seem to get a lot of similar questions about it.

Enlarge Noodle's photo.
Noodle said: Thumb of 2017-05-24/visitor/13abae


Near the bottom of the photo, do you see the things that look like tiny, green pine cones at the tips of the growth? Those are the very young, new flower spikes developing. If you look up higher, you'll see slightly larger/more developed versions that are getting purple but still look like little pine cones. As the spikes get nearer to flowering stage, the "purple pine cones" start to unfurl their sterile purple bracts from the tip. The actual flowers are deep purple in this photo. They start blooming from the bottom of the spike and, with time, new flowers will open, ascending row by row, until they reach the tips where the sterile bracts attach. The sterile bracts continue enlarging as the spike of flowers bloom. Smiling

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 21, 2018 4:10 PM CST
Well !!! They don't look like any spent flower's I've ever saw.

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Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 21, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Tago's photo shows the old inflorescences. The actual corollas have withered up and, likely, fallen off by now, but the old bracts, calyces, peduncles, etc., remain.

Oh, I just found a good image online that may help, Green Grin!
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Apr 21, 2018 6:33 PM CST

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Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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Apr 21, 2018 7:52 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Howdy there, tago. @tago
Only one month ?
Be patient ! There are lots of buds on it.

Plus, I've found that they, and most all drought tolerant plants do better, with regular watering's.

Ttfn & Welcome! I tip my hat to you.
😎😎😎

Thanks Philip, guess we both learned something about buds today.
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Name: tago
Sun City, AZ (Zone 9b)
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tago
Apr 21, 2018 7:56 PM CST
plantladylin said:Hi tago, Welcome!

I see lots of buds too so as Philip said, be patient ... they should open to pretty blooms before long!


Thanks Lin, I'm heading out the door to prune those spent buds back.
Mrs. tago thought they were new buds when she bought the plant. DOH!
(not telling her they're spent Whistling )

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