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Tyngsboro, MA

July 28, 2009
11:35 PM

Post #6877364

I planted a C. Kousa Chinesis 3 years ago in the fall. It has not bloomed yet. It is 5-6 feet tall and has grown with lots of new leaf growth over the past 2 years. In the late fall last year I added phosphorous to the soil as directed by the nursery where I purchased the tree. Still no blooms. Our soil is generally acidic, as we have many pine trees. I typically fertilize the tree with hollytone twice a year. The past two years have been great for the dogwoods in the area as they all have been full of blooms, except mine. Any suggestions? I live in the northeast and the tree gets moderate sunlight.

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St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6877521

Hmmm...what is the formulation of your fertilizer? Too much nitrogen will give lots of leaves but few blooms. They do need lots of sun to get maximum flowering. Sometimes they just need time to settle in...I know of a local friend who had one 7 years before it started to bloom...don't give up hope!
Roanoke, VA

April 22, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #7727463

My Kousa dogwood is about 5-6 years old, has bloomed less and less each year, and there were none at all last year. It is currently leafing out nicely but no sign of brackets. Nursery where I bought it suggested 3 Tbsp. Epsom Salts per gallon of water, which I have been doing since last fall. What would be the best fertilizer to use for this?

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