Bud drop

Bud drop

Symptoms

Buds form, sometimes to their full size and then drop off with no apparent reason.

Cause

A period of dry weather while the buds are forming usually causes this. Camellia and rhododendrons are more susceptible and a few days of drought at the end of the summer can do enough damage. Plants in containers are more at risk as they a prone to dry out much quicker.

Harm

No flowers in spring but the plant will still look healthy.

Treatment

Make sure that the plants are watered regularly and thoroughly, never letting the compost to completely dry out – especially at the end of the summer. Mulching around the base of the plant will help too. Also avoid feeding after midsummer.