The small Rose of Sharon I planted last year has no buds at all. My
neighbors' are all in bloom.
It has healthy foliage which broke dormancy at the right time.
Is this possibly because it is still young, or could it be that
something ate the buds off last fall? I have an occasional deer problem.
I have some that I planted 4 years ago that are blooming for the first time
this year. Mine were planted in very dry, shady areas. I put one in a
sunny spot that year and it bloomed the next year and is much bigger than
the others. It self-seeded itself, and the seedlings have not bloom yet.
So, I think the short answer is, "yes." They are too young.
To the best of my knowledge H. syriacus blooms on the current years
wood, so something eating the buds last fall would be an unlikely
H. syriacus will lose its flower buds if it gets too dry. (That's why
I'm giving up growing them in pots.) But I expect you would have noticed
if this had happened.
Is it a cultivar or a seedling? If it is a seedling being too young is
plausible, but grafted cultivars flower at quite a small size.
Stewart Robert Hinsley
Thanks for the helpful replies!
This hibiscus syriacus was a little Home Depot cheapie as I wasn't sure
I had enough sun available to invest in an expensive one.
It looks healthy and it's growing, so maybe next year it will surprise
me. It's getting about 5 hours of sun where I've planted it, and it is
not too dry.
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