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Lack of flowers on Rowan tree this year.

Hi everyone. I have a beautiful healthy rowan tree that has been covered with flowers then berries for the last 2 years. This year I have lots of healthy leaves but not a single flower. Can anyone suggest if there is a feed I should be giving it? We have clay soil but this is not a problem as it has flourished and is still growing very well, just lacking buds. Grateful for any advice. Thanks Judith 


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,942
    Blimey, the leaf buds haven't even burst on mine yet. Rowans generally don't need feeding as they happily grow on very poor soils naturally. Trees can grow in cycles though and have a rest from flowering in some years. It could be that the hot summer last year has had some effect on it but as long as the leaf growth is healthy I wouldn't worry too much.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157
    Hi @judithporch1 and welcome.   :)

    I think you're getting a little impatient (quite understandably we're all looking for something to cheer us up).  I'd not expect to see flower buds on a rowan yet ... they usually bloom in May, around here at least. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hi both and thank you for your swift response. @Dovefromabove yes probably impatient but last year and the year before I could see the flower buds clearly at the same time as the leaves unfurled. They didn’t flower until later but were Definitely there. @wild edges yes perhaps it’s having a rest this year. Thanks again both.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157
    Fingers crossed that it does flower, but if it doesn't @wild edges may be right and it's taking a rest ... it does happen. 

    Let us know how it goes  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks both. Will do 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016
    Blimey - I have some faint hints of foliage starting on mine. I would never expect foliage on a rowan this early. Just shows how different some locations can be. 
    Clay soil is perfect for them @judithporch1 . They grow in a some very inhospitable spots, or the native one does anyway. They like plenty of moisture, so it may just have been suffering a bit if the ground was very dried out last year.
    I'd agree with @wild edges that it might just be taking a year off. It should recover and be fine  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,942
    It looks like being a really good year for flowers on my tree. Is yours looking any better @judithporch1 ?
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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