I seem to have a general decline in blooming flowers -- particularly
with my gardenias, snap draggons, and (to a lesser extent) my roses. I
suspect it is related to watering. Which is more likely to cause that --
too much water, or too little?
About 10. I think that's pretty normal for this time of year, though.
I'm in Fairfield Ca. Western Garden zone 14.
What is the limit on the number of hot days?
How does the heat affect blossoms?
Are Gardenias any more susceptible than other flowers?
Yes, the loooonnnggg heat wave is affecting all flowers.
Snapdragons are rarely able to get thru summer anyway. Pull them out.
They are a cool season plant, just like pansies. Even if they do
struggle thru the summer, they do poorly the second season, and are
covered with rust. Get rid of them and plan to put something else
there when it gets a little cooler.
I always get mine out about mid July or earlier.
Roses don't really like this heat either. They will continue to flower,
but the blossoms will be smaller. They need a lot of water in the
heat, and wash the foliage off in the a.m with the hose or sprinkler
every week. Have you given them a good dose of fertilizer lately?
They would enjoy some fish emulsion or alfalfa pellets. And mulch
Gardenias can be finicky. ARe yours in full sun or afternoon sun?
Mine are both in shade for the afternoon. One gets very little water
and the other gets watered twice a week. They are both OK, but the
watered one looks much greener and happier. They generally do not
bloom much in the heat of summer, but will bloom in early fall.
How is the Lilac doing?
NorCal Sacramento Valley
Where we have had about 5 days under 90 during July
Your're helping me again!! Good to talk to you!
The lilac looks terrible. A couple of the small branches are OK, but
essentially all the other branches have had their leaves brown up and fall
off. There are buds where the leaves were, but the buds aren't budding --
at least not yet. Some of the buds look pretty dead and others look pretty
much alive. I think your advice was correct. I was just a little late. I
am watering it a lot now, and praying a little.
Thanks for the infor about the flowers. I'll quit worrying so much.
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