Why A Plant Does Not Bloom

7 Reasons Why Plants Fail to Bloom

Why A Plant Does Not Bloom-a-clover-plant
A clover plant

One of the highlights of planting a garden is the many beautiful flower blooms that make a statement, but what happens when your plants refuse to flower after the hard work you invested? For some, this can be both confusing and discouraging, but the good news is this issue can be resolved with the right information, in this guide we will be looking at solutions that will produce beautiful healthy flower blooms.

1. Insufficient Sunlight: All plants require a certain amount of sunlight to survive, the reason for this is plants use sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to manufacture their food. This process is known as photosynthesis, sunlight is also responsible for helping plants to produce healthy flower blooms.

In general, most flowering plants require six to eight hours of sunlight, if flowering plants don’t get sufficient or the required sunlight will be stressed. A stressed plant that’s sickly will not perform its best because a plant that’s stressed uses its energy to stay alive and because of this will drop its flower buds.

2. Improper Pruning Methods: The right pruning methods and timing play a major role if heavy pruning procedures are carried out during a plant’s bloom period or bloom season will remove young flower buds. Improper pruning procedures by cutting into the flower bud before it matures and blooms can hinder a plant from producing flowers.

3. A Plants Age: In a lot of cases a plant’s age plays an important part in a plant’s flowering, a plant that’s too young will not flower, and young plants may not begin to flower until after two to three years. Some plants may take even longer to bloom, annuals can take several months to bloom, whereas biennials will take two years to bloom.

4. Poor Pollination: Insufficient pollination can contribute to a plant not being able to produce flowers and fruits, harsh weather conditions can be a hindrance to bees carrying out pollination. Incorporating a pollinating garden amount your landscape or installing lots of wildflowers, grasses trees, and shrubs in sunny locations that get at least six hours of sunlight each day will encourage bees into your garden.

5. Too Much nitrogen: “Too much of a good thing is not good” That statement has some truth to it, excess nitrogen will produce full green plants but can negatively impact the blooming process of flower plants a lack of phosphorus can affect the way a plant blooms as well. A home pH soil test or reaching out to your local Ag extension office can help to see if there is too much nitrogen in the soil and can provide recommendations on how to resolve this issue.

6. Tempatures: Incorrect temperatures can also affect flower bloom, temperatures that are low can quickly damage or kill flower buds, there are cases however when some plant species depend on cold weather to bloom. An example is spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, high winds, moisture levels, and humidity can also affect flower bloom.

7. Winter Damage: During the winter months when it’s extremely cold can damage and kill flowers, snow is not the issue here because snow acts as an insulator to protect plants. The damage is done when the weather is extremely cold with harsh winds and without snowfall, dry winters will also cause pants to forego flowering because plants facing these conditions will go into preservation mode.

The final word on why a plant does not bloom

A garden with an abundance of flower bloom can really highlight a garden area, a setting of this kind is peaceful and restful impacting our mental state in a positive way. Following this guide will ensure that your garden produces many flower blooms. Again there are some environmental factors beyond our control but we can do our part by taking advantage of those things we can control to encourage our garden plants to bloom.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
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