View Full Version : Bloodgood maple not budding?

05-13-2006, 11:57 PM
What is the deal?

WHy is one of my customers bloodgood maple still dormant.? It looks like a stick and only a few buds on the branches, its alive.... but no leaves. I installed last fall (early)_ and went fine until 2 weeks ago the customer called to ask if it was ok.. So I went and looked, and it seems fine, few buds... So i said give it a couple weeks. Now she called today and said its no better than it was 2 weeks ago?

What gives.

Travel'n Trees
05-14-2006, 01:43 AM
Boost it with super thrive!

05-14-2006, 02:11 AM
Agree with previous, or Superthrive,

Good rule of thumb...
First year they sleep,
Second year they creep....
Third year ( if they are still there and healthy) they LEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you can get them through # 2 ....you are doing something right and you wont have to worry


05-14-2006, 11:14 AM
whats thrive? like miracle grow..

I put some holly tone fert at the base.

So eventually it will pop? and be full?

This customer is just embarrased that it has no leaves/

05-14-2006, 11:27 AM
Hope it makes it ... unfortunately the zone I live in won't allow me to use them. Beautiful tree. We have a couple in pots that we have to bring into the greenhouse to overwinter.

05-14-2006, 11:55 AM
I hope so too.. this zone accomodates these trees. It s just a goofy start? Most established bloodgoods are already in full bloom.? Just wondering what would cause this sloooooooooow transformation from dormantcy.

05-14-2006, 06:11 PM
You can get a lot of desication on these when they are planted late in the year. Were they very well watered in when you planted them. It is extremely important to get all the air voids out of the soil when planting, especially late in the year.

If this was the case, you will see buds opening close to the main trunk, or even on the main trunk itself. The buds at the extremes of the branches would be dead.

Or, it could just be slow to break bud.

mdb landscaping
05-14-2006, 06:37 PM
just like KC says.........we transplanted 3 humungous jap maples going on three years ago. the first year they didnt do much. second year they were alive but nothing special. this year all of them look spectacular.

05-14-2006, 06:51 PM
I just cut one down. It was killed by a fungus, rotton from the inside out.

05-14-2006, 06:57 PM
you think Superthrive will help? im gonna try. Worst case if its a slow to bud tree.. i will replace the customers tree and keep this one in my own backyard..I can wait a couple seasons, but this impaitient cust. cannot.

Travel'n Trees
05-14-2006, 08:30 PM
It will is a lot cheaper than a new tree. And it helps 90% of the time.

05-14-2006, 08:42 PM
I would not fertilize any more than you already did. You don't want to push a stressed plant.

05-14-2006, 08:44 PM
Is water a issue??

05-15-2006, 07:13 AM
dont think water is a issue.. we just got 3 in of rain last week.

05-15-2006, 08:48 PM
whats the latest i should expect this thing to bloom/bud (leaf ) ??

Travel'n Trees
05-16-2006, 01:11 AM
Depends on temp a week to 10 days worst with heat i've seen it on 1 day.

05-16-2006, 02:17 AM
Long term water issues

Over the winter, did it get water?

05-16-2006, 07:12 AM
not much.. i dont think customer watered in winter. and we had a dry (snowless) winter as well.

The tree is not dead, wood is green