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pollen jim
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: laburnum not flowering Reply with quote

why does a laburnum not flower, bought mine 2010 (6ft) it flower 1st year, but then failed to flower since. i potash and manure mulch spring/autumn, no grass around it. not in shade, theres one in the ditch and flowers every year, my soil is peaty Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

young trees bought from nurseries are usually well cared for and probably imported from warmer climates, It is easier to sell a tree in flower , hence yours was in flower first year, it now has to acclimatise to Irish growing conditions and can take a couple of years to adjust,
But your problem why is it not flowering now,
1 It could have exhausted itself in the first year and needs to build up reserves to flower again.
2 IFlowering buds could have been damaged by frost
3 The roots could be damaged on planting
4 could it be standing it too wet soil.
5 It may have to wait maturity in 3/4 years before flowering
Give it high potash feed but not manure or mulch. make sure its staked and not rocking in soil.
Relax nature will take its course. And it will be well worth it.
Oh remember its seed pods are highly poisonous keep away from children
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thks Greenage, soil is not wet, roots ok and stake ok. i will stop manure mulching, any suggestions? just bark or grass clippings as mulch, thought it be use to the weather by now, and since the one in the wild is flowering, it can't be frost. its an aweful pity, thats all i can say.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry no mulch, miss read your reply
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a laburnum tree that's about 20 years old. This year only half of the tree is showing signs of life. The western side seems to be dying a slow death and some of the branches can be snapped off.
What can cause this?
We hang electric fairy lights on it each Xmas and a know all neighbour suggests that this might be the cause of the problem?
Do these trees have a defined life span?

Any help will be appreciated as it's horrible to watch the demise of our pride and joy.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I don't think the fairy lights have anything to do with it. Have you checked around the base of the tree? Is the bark loose and are there any black strands like bootlaces present? I'm thinking honey fungus. I had a laburnum go that way once.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are native of southern Europe France to the Balkans and can live up to 35 years before dying (There is a bigger word here to describe this but its the same thing cannot think of it) here in Ireland it is possible they don't live as long. But why is it dying, Older trees lean to one side so maybe the rots are damaged, could it be suffering from silver leaf disease, are slugs eating the foliage, is it shaded. This year our laburnum is slow to bud up but that is possibly due to the harsh weather and too much rain could yours be water logged. How about putting up a picture. Do let us know what is happening.
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