Why Aren’t My Annuals Blooming
Annuals may not bloom for a variety of reasons.
- If your petunias or geraniums suddenly quit blooming, the first thing to check for is budworms. These small green caterpillars that will eat the blooms before the buds even open.
- Million bells and pansies will simply quit blooming in the heat (and pansies generally don’t make it through the heat summer.)
- Hibiscus may drop their buds before opening if they’re allowed to dry out too much.
- By far the most common reason annuals won’t bloom, however, is under fertilization. If the annual plant is in a pot, it may use up the available phosphorus and nitrogen and not have the resources to bloom the amount you want. Verbena is a common plant that stops blooming if not fed regularly.
We recommend fertilizing with Fertilome’s Blooming and Rooting to kickstart your flowers blooming. Bonide’s Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew works great for budworms. Always make sure your flowers are evenly moist as well.
*Please read and follow all label instructions when applying chemicals.