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wwicks
West Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
4:08 PM

Post #6732062

I planted a Limelight last year. It seems to be doing well...leaves look healthy, and it's growing...but there aren't any buds on the plant yet. Is this common at this point in the season?
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #6733846

Hello, wwicks. I would expect that established paniculatas would be showing flower buds some time between mid-June thru early July since most of them bloom starting in July and they can bloom earlier at times too. Tardiva would be the exception since it is tardy, always.

However, your plant may not be established and could be concentrating on developing a good root system instead. Consider flowers great if you get them on years 1-2. Do not be concerned until years two or three.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #6735093

I'm a zone warmer than you, have many established Limelights. No buds quite yet. Another week or so. I also sell Limelights, and they bloom in gallon pots. Not to worry, they should get buds very soon.
bookreader451
Troy, NY
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6737123

Mine is just starting to bud this week so don't worry. Pee Gee started last week and Pinky Winky is pretty much unhappy this year (I moved it and need to rethink the move)

wwicks
West Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6737493

Thanks for the reassurance pollyk and bookreader451! Hopefully I'll see some buds soon. If nothing else, at least the foliage appears really healthy, and the plant is growing!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2009
10:39 PM

Post #6738638

I just checked and one of my Limelights does have tiny buds. Ask the deer about the other one - they stripped it.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #6738677

Baaaaaaaad deer, bad!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2009
11:47 PM

Post #6738901

I'm changing a song to: If I only had a gun.
man1410
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #6739779

Loads of buds on Limelight, tardiva, panniculats here in Atlanta. No buds yet on Pinky winky.
todgor
West Caldwell, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2009
4:01 AM

Post #6787583

I don't have a gun, pirl, but I do have a shovel! :) Fortunately (?) the deer found my roses tastier fare today than my Pinky Winky, they show it no mercy usually. They seem to leave Limelight alone.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2009
10:19 AM

Post #6788045

They've done damage here with one entire bed of hosta Plantaginea and the one Limelight but not the other Limelight just a few feet away. They ate every bud of Splish Splash geraniums and every bud on a low phlox. Forget the roses! They must have been an appetizer since I had exactly one bloom in the back.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6798327

So did your Limelight ever get buds?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6821929

From my own experience; Limelight does take time to get established. I purchased mine at blooming age. However, the first summer post transplant. It did skip a season. Once established! Watch out! It's going to be a show stopper! On the hot and humid South weather, it's blooming now. (This one is under dappled shade).

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