Why Isn’t My Tree Blooming?

June 24, 2021
June 24, 2021 Ryan McFadgen

Why Isn’t My Tree Blooming?

Each spring, you look forward to a burst of color from flowering trees around your neighborhood. So now that summer has arrived, you might be wondering why one of your trees didn’t bloom, or why the blooms were sparse and lackluster this year. You waited, and waited, and waited… And now you’re realizing that something went wrong. Why didn’t your tree bloom?

There are a number of reasons that this can happen, but here are some of the more common ones:

  1. It’s an alternate bearing tree. Some fruit trees bloom heavily and then produce massive quantities of fruit, but then take a break the following year. If this is the case, you should see an abundance of blooms next year (assuming nothing else is wrong).
  2. The tree simply isn’t old enough. Did you plant it within the past few years and it just hasn’t bloomed yet? Maturity is likely to be the culprit here. If we can rule out other problems, you probably just need to wait another year or two.
  3. The tree didn’t receive sufficient water. This is especially true of younger trees that haven’t developed extensive root systems yet. You might need to adjust your watering schedule.
  4. Your soil is deficient in certain nutrients. Have you fertilized your trees appropriately?
  5. Your tree doesn’t receive enough sunlight. Is it shaded out by another, larger tree? Tree trimming can allow more light into your yard, so that it can reach smaller trees, your garden beds, and so on.
  6. You pruned the tree at the wrong time. Did you prune your flowering tree in late winter or early spring? If you removed branches that contain the buds that will become flowers, then it’s easy to see why you didn’t get any blooms. Contact us about correct tree trimming techniques and timing, so that we can help you avoid this problem next year.

After checking out that list, can you identify the problem with your flowering trees? If not, give us a call. We’ll be happy to take a look and recommend the right tree trimming services to suit your needs.


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